Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party surged to power in Delhi for a third term today, boosted by a massive mandate of 62 seats, about five seats lower than its record 67 seats of 2015.
“I love you Delhi,” Arvind Kejriwal said from the new party office, predicting the beginning of a “new kind of politics” focussed on local issues and the government’s delivery.
“People of Delhi have given a message that they will vote for schools, mohalla clinics, 24-hour electricity and free water. This is a great message for the country,” he said, addressing a huge crowd at the AAP office.
CM Kejriwal later seeked blessing from a Hanuman Mandir at the heart of the city. “Today is Tuesday, Hanuman-ji’s day. Hanuman-ji has showered Delhi with blessings,” he said.
His core team Manish Sisodia, Atishi and Raghav Chadha won their respective constituencies.
AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan retained Okhla, where Shaheen Bagh and Jamia university, the hub of anti-CAA protests is located won with 71,000 vote record sending a clear message to BJP’s top leadership, specially Amit Shah who built the campaign around the anti-CAA protests.
The opposition and AAP hailed the mandate as one against the divisive campaign of the BJP.
CM Kejriwal had steered clear of controversy, focussing instead on bread-and-butter issues like power and water, education, health and environment.