AAP open to take call on leadership change: Kumar Vishwas

Delhi labour minister and senior AAP leader Gopal Rai says it is an ‘EVM wave

Delhi Election 2017: Counting of votes begin; BJP leads in all three MCDs, AAP struggles at No 3

After the elections to the Delhi civic body, in which AAP experienced a crushing defeat to finish a microscopic second to the BJP, the party has been hit by a number of resignations from some of the parties top leadership while a voice of criticism gets louder. We should first decide whom did we start our fight with.

"This is not a (Narendra) Modi wave, this is an EVM wave". "We did not lose the elections because of EVMs. It be should be questioned", Kumar said in an interview to Aaj Tak.

Secondly, AAP has been extremely critical of the BJP and its top leaders including Modi and party president Amit Shah.

"Keep your phones on recording mode so that it someone tries to lure you, we can put it out in front of people", the report quoted the Delhi Chief Minister as saying.

The party was already reeling in Delhi from the defection of former unit chief Arvinder Singh Lovely to the BJP in the run-up to the MCD polls. While buzz about a possible split is growing louder, the victorious Bharatiya Janata Party says it has shut its doors to defectors.

It was, however, unclear whether Singh and Pathak's resignations have been accepted or not.

With the elections to the municipal corporations concluding with the announcement of the results on Wednesday, an analysis of 266 winners of 270 by the National Election Watch and the Association of Democratic Reforms found that 10% of the incoming councillors have criminal cases pending against them. Vishwas clearly said that EVMS could not be blamed for the defeat. However, we failed - either in ticket distribution or in our communication - to convince people that we were the alternative they wanted. "The connect with voters was missing".

On the MCD electoral loss, Vishwas said, "This is our sixth defeat because we were disconnected with volunteers".

He said, while the current BJP has become 80 per cent Congressioned because of its "kitchen cabinet, dynastic politics and appeasement of majority and minority as per convenience", Vishwas said the same is happening with the AAP to an extent. "She didn't like it and left it", Vishwas said, adding that it was for agencies to probe allegations against him and the party leadership to take a call on him. The BJP had accused Kejriwal of asking for proof for the strikes.

The party had also bit dust in the recently held Assembly elections in Punjab and Goa that shattered its dreams for expansion beyond Delhi.

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