Trying to recover from a crushing defeat in the MCD election, Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal told the newly elected councillors that "a new party winning 48 wards is not a bad start".
He also administered an oath to the councillors and told them that betraying the party and the movement is tantamount to betraying God.
The Aam Aadmi Party, which fought the municipal corporation election in Delhi for the first time, managed to win 48 of the total 270 wards. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept all the three corporations--North, South and East--by winning a total of 181 seats.
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In a 10-minute video, the Aam Aadmi Party chief is seen asking the newly elected MCD councillors to remain honest. "You got votes because of the hard work and sacrifices of party volunteers," says Arvind Kejriwal.
He cautions the newly elected MCD councillors against greed and says, "In other parties, you have to buy tickets, none of you (here) had to buy tickets... If you want, you can stay honest".
Calling the Delhi municipal corporation a den of corruption, Arvind Kejriwal asks the newly elected councillors to raise their voice against corruption. "Don't be afraid of anyone.... they may put you in jail too," the Aam Aadmi Party chief says.
DON'T BETRAY THE MOVEMENT
Arvind Kejriwal warns the councillors against attempts by the BJP to poach them. "Keep your phones on recording mode so that it someone tries to lure you, we can put it out in front of people," Arvind Kejriwal tells them.
He asks councillors to prioritise the requests from volunteers, who have sought vote for them in their locality. Also maintain a cordial relationship with the MLAs, Arvind Kejriwal tells the councillors.
In the video, the Aam Aadmi Party chief can be seen telling councillors: "if you betray the movement, then you are betraying God".
He goes on to add that "if you betray the party, you will not be able to stay happy".
Kejriwal later administers an oath to the newly elected 48 councillors on "never betraying the pavitra (pure) party and the movement".