People were upset over MLA quitting: AAP after bypoll defeat

Sunday, 16 Apr, 2017

Meanwhile, the Congress projected the Rajouri Garden Assembly bypoll result, where its candidate finished second, as a sign of its "resurgence" in Delhi while exuding confidence that the party would emerge as a "dark horse" in the MCD polls.

As per the final score, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) got 40,602 votes.

Beyond AAP's severe loss, the larger political message of the results in the ten constituencies is mixed.

"Keep the spirit alive-we'll be the dark horse in MCD!", he tweeted. AAP had won 67 seats in Assembly elections held in 2015. "People feel betrayed by AAP as it has failed to deliver on its promises", said Tiwari. The Kejriwal-led administration is the only incumbent government to have lost the by-polls.

The seat had fallen vacant after AAP's legislator Jarnail Singh resigned to contest the Punjab assembly polls on February 4 this year.

The AAP fared so badly at the by-poll that its candidate Harjeet Singh could not even save his deposit. The current Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) chief Ajay Maken had won thrice in the past from this constituency. The AAP candidate came a distant third polling 10,243 votes and lost the deposit, DNA reported. It will also decide AAP's future expansion plans, especially in Gujarat, where they have been investing their energies for last two years.

While congratulating Sirsa for putting AAP in back gear, Mr Badal said now all dreams of the party to expand to other States, including Gujarat, had been quashed. BJP's gamble of making the by-poll an issue of voter abandonment and the lack of accountability on part of AAP seems to have paid off.

"We will work hard for Rajouri Garden and make people understand. We will show it in the MCD (Municipal Corporation of Delhi) polls", senior AAP leader and deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia told reporters after the result.

Party member and former Delhi University Student's Union (DUSU) president Manoj Chaudhary has also been expelled for anti party activities. It retained both seats - Gundlupet and Nanjangud - in Karnataka nearly a year ahead of the state elections that would see the BJP making an aggressive bid to dislodge the Congress.

Singh, sources said, is also unhappy over party's functioning in Punjab during the state assembly polls.