Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today admitted that voters were angry over Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) decision to send sitting Rajouri Garden MLA Jarnail Singh to Punjab to contest Assembly election.
The AAP suffered a humiliating defeat in Rajouri Garden Assembly by-election, results of which were announced on Thursday (April 13). The ruling party was relegated to the third spot as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won the seat while the Congress ended up as the first runner-up. The AAP candidate lost her deposit.
"Voters were angry over our decision to send Jarnail singh to Punjab. We have received the feedback and will try to make people understand our stance," Kejriwal said.
Despite the loss, the Delhi CM appeared hopeful of a good show in the upcoming MCD elections. "There will be no impact of Assembly by-election results in MCD polls. AAP will win," he told reporters.
Delhi Congress President Ajay Maken termed the Rajouri Garden by-poll result a "referendum" on the Kejriwal government in Delhi.
The by-poll results showed revival of the Congress in the constituency, he added.
Maken said that the AAP's vote percentage had gone four times down to its earlier vote share, while the Congress' vote share increased three times to its earlier figure in the constituency.
"We have jumped from 12 per cent vote share for the constituency to 36 per cent in just two years," Maken said.
(With IANS inputs)