New Delhi, May 18: Delhi Chief Minister and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said that the Muslim votes “shifted” to the Congress at the last minute during the Lok Sabha polls in the capital.
"Until 48 hours before polling, it seemed like all seven seats will come to AAP. But at the last moment, the complete Muslim vote got shifted to Congress. We are trying to figure out what happened,” said Kejriwal.
In response to Kejriwal’s claim Delhi Congress chief Sheila Dikshit, said every person has the right to vote for the party they prefer and claimed people did not like his governance model, ANI reported.
“Don’t know what he is trying to say,” Dikshit told ANI. “Everyone has a right to vote [for] whichever party he/she wants to vote,” the former Delhi chief minister said. “People of Delhi did not understand nor liked his governance model.”
Both the leaders have been attacking each other repeatedly after talks for an alliance in Delhi failed between his Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress.
Kejriwal expressed optimism about his party’s chances in the Assembly election in Delhi next year. “Work speaks in Delhi,” he had said. “People will vote for us on the basis of work we have done,” he told The Indian Express.
On a coalition government “minus” Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party National President Amit Shah, Kejriwal said he would support that government “on the pre-condition of statehood for Delhi”.
Delhi witnessed a triangular between the BJP, AAP and the Congress, with Union Minister Harshvardhan, Dikshit, Olympian boxer Vijender Singh and cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir, AAP’s Atishi Marlena among the key candidates. The results of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls will be declared on May 23.
News24 Bureau with Agnecies
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