BJP sweeps Delhi Municipal Corporation polls

However, with other party leaders, like former chief minister Sheila Dikshit, stating that the party should have campaigned more aggressively, Maken offered to step down.

The statements come after the party witnessed a major defeat in the MCD polls and after several senior leaders resigned from their posts the as fallout of the loss.

Tiwari told IANS that he led the BJP's fight in civic polls not against "the AAP or the Congress but against the misgovernance" in the city.

Riding on the "Modi wave", the BJP won 181 of the 270 wards that went to the polls to storm to power in the three municipal corporations for third term in a row.

The BJP won 64 of 103 wards in North Delhi Municipal Corporation, 70 of 104 in South Delhi Municipal Corporation and 47 of 63 in East Delhi Municipal Corporation.

Contrary to AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal's stand, Mann said there was no use in finding fault with the electronic voting machines (EVMs). More precisely, people have once again reposed their faith in Narendra Modi - the BJP had sent sitting councillors packing and put up fresh faces, seeking votes in the name of Modi and Vikas (development). "An MLA like me, I am not ready to believe that there was a BJP wave in my constituency", Alka Rai, an AAP MLA whose resignation was turned down, said.

Now, AAP PAC member Kumar Vishwas has launched an offensive against the top leadership of the party. After the continuous debacle in electoral polls - Punjab and Goa Assembly polls, the Rajouri Garden bypolls and now in the MCD polls - the party is all set to change its focus, give up its all-India ambitions and restrict itself to its home turf in Delhi. The resignations are being viewed in some political circles as disgruntled party-members either jumping ship or deserting a sinking one.

Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken on Wednesday took moral responsibility for the party's defeat in the civic polls and announced he was resigning. Kumar Vishwas has hit out at Delhi Chief Minister and AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal over a range of issues. "They may offer you a lot of money, even up to Rs 10 crore but if you take this, you will regret it, pay a heavy price all your life", said Kejriwal adding that in MCD there is no anti-defection law.

"We can't blame EVMs".

"Power is bad. Once you sit in the chair, you lose your power of thinking", said veteran social activist Anna Hazare.

Addressing the new AAP councillors at his residence here, Kejriwal administered them a "pledge of honesty" and cautioned them not to let themselves be lured or involved in corruption.

  • Leroy Wright