New Delhi, February 11, 2020 (IANS) Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said the party’s landslide victory in the capital was a blessing of Lord Hanuman. Meanwhile, Deputy CM Sisodia Sisodia pulled off a thriller with a margin of 3,000 votes.
Kejriwal was addressing volunteers at the party office for the first time after he got a clear majority in the Delhi Assembly poll results on Tuesday.
Kejriwal had been mocked by the BJP after he recited Hanuman Chalisa on TV and visited a Hanuman temple a day before polling.
Addressing the gathering, Kejriwal told the capital’s citizens “I love you” in his expression of thanks for the overwhelming mandate.
He said it was not just his victory but a victory for everybody.
“Delhi has given the message that they will vote for those who will provide schools, cheap electricity and hospitals. This is a new kind of politics. It is a new and good sign for the nation.”
Kejriwal said a new kind of politics has been born today — “the politics of work”.
“This politics will make us of the 21st century India,” he said.
“It is Tuesday and Hanuman ji has blessed us. We, the 2 crore people of Delhi, will make the city beautiful,” the Chief Minister said, thanking everyone for the victory.
“My family also supported me. It is my wife’s birthday. I had cake, you will also get it,” Kejriwal said.
“People elected us with high hopes. I cannot do it alone, we all have to work together,” he added.
Sisodia pulls off a thriller
The contest between AAP candidate from Patparganj Manish Sisodia and BJP’s Ravinder Singh Negi was nothing short of a thriller which Sisodia finally emerging victorious with a margin of 3,000 votes on Tuesday.
Sisodia, who is also Deputy Chief Minister, is seen as the key figure in Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s education and healthcare push in the national capital, was trailing after 10 rounds of counting earlier in the day.
His victory has silenced those who questioned his decision to declare support for the Shaheen Bagh protesters in the face of a polarizing campaign by the BJP.
Since morning, Sisodia sat silently at a counting booth in his assembly constituency calculating the results from different booths. However, post 11th round of counting, he kept on increasing the lead over his rival.
“It is the victory of education,” said Sisodia after he was declared winner, waving to his supporters with the victory sign. As he came out of the counting centre, he enthusiastically stood atop a vehicle with the party flag and waved it.
Then along with party workers, he held a small road show in the area thanking the voters of Delhi.