AAP leader Somnath Bharti today said the Prime Minister making “personal attacks” on someone (Arvind Kejriwal) during campaign rallies did not go down well with voters in Delhi.
“The Prime Minister belongs to all citizens and not to a single political party. The PM making personal attacks on someone (Kejriwal) did not go down well with people,” said Bharti without naming either Modi or Kejriwal in this context.
He also said that Kejriwal’s resigning as CM in 2014 showed that they were ready “to sacrifice chairs for causes.”
“Also like an aam aadmi, he (Kejriwal) apologised and accepted his fault (for resigning as CM). But at the same time, our quitting the government made it clear that we were not ready for any compromise,” said Bharti who won Malviya Nagar assembly constituency.
Bharti gave the credit of AAP’s victory to the “selfless and flawless” image of Kejriwal and also AAP workers who connected with people, shared their problems and made all efforts to address them.
“Even when not in power, we kept going to each and every person. The people know that we are willing to risk our lives and our families for the cause,” he said stressing that once the government is formed, the priority will be to pass the Janlokpal, an issue on which Kejriwal had resigned in 2014.
Bharti defeated BJP’s Nandani Sharma who finished second while Dr Yoganand Shastri of Congress secured the third position.
Also, former AAP minister Saurabh Bhardwaj, who won from the prestigious Greater Kailash contituency defeating Congress candidate Sharmistha Mukherjee, daughter of President Pranab Mukherjee, said that people had already seen BJP in the last eight months and also AAP during its 49-day rule.
“They have seen that we had put in all-out efforts to fulfill our promises. Delhiites also saw eight months of BJP’s rule and realised that only certain section of people were beneficiaries. Victims of the system wanted change, reform and voted in our favour,” he said.
However, Bhardwaj said that he would have loved to see Kiran Bedi in the Assembly as they “looked forward to a debate with her.