Motivating disheartened AAP workers after the party’s crushing defeat in the Lok Sabha polls, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has asked them to humbly accept people’s verdict and concentrate on the assembly elections slated for next year.
Addressing party workers in west Delhi’s Punjabi Bagh, said anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare had told him that “when one comes into politics or public life, one should have the ability to endure humiliation”.
“We have to bear humiliation at times and I am proud of my workers for humbly accepting that insult,” he said. “Now, you go to the people of Delhi and tell them that the big election has ended and small elections are going to come, and in these elections, cast your vote on the basis of ‘kaam’ (work) and not ‘naam’ (name),” he added.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) lost on all seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi by huge margins. Kejriwal said the party’s biggest strength is that it has not deviated from its principles of honesty and hard work.
“All of us are as honest as we were on November 26, 2013, when the party was formed. I am proud to say we have not deviated from the values of the party. Several CBI raids were conducted against me, Manish Sisodia (deputy chief minister) and Satyendra Jain (health minister), but corruption of not even a single paisa was found. You all should be proud of it,” he said.
The chief minister asserted that all the work done by the AAP in Delhi has been due to the support of party workers and they should take pride in it. “We got 54 per cent votes in the last assembly elections and I can say with confidence that this time we will win by more votes,” he said.