Folks Need Kejriwal Mannequin of Growth in MCD Too, Says AAP’s Atishi on Win in Delhi Civic Bypolls

The AAP swept the native municipal bypolls in Delhi, profitable 4 of 5 seats. Whereas it retained Trilokpuri, Kalyanpuri, Rohini, and wrested Shalimar Bagh from the BJP, it misplaced Chauhan Banger, the place it has a sitting MLA, to the Congress by an enormous margin. Rupashree Nanda catches up with AAP MLA Atishi who has been carefully concerned within the AAP’s marketing campaign. Edited Excerpts:

You’ve got campaigned exhausting for the MCD bypolls. Have been these outcomes on anticipated strains?

AAP has gained 4 out of 5 seats with a heavy margin and with a really clear distinction. The individuals of Delhi have given a sign that they need BJP out of MCD they usually need the Arvind Kejriwal mannequin of improvement to be introduced within the MCD as effectively.

Is dropping Chauhan Banger not a shock, particularly when you think about that the sitting MLA additionally belongs to AAP? What are the elements that led to the heavy defeat there?

The candidate who was contesting from Chauhan Banger from Congress is the son of Chaudhury Mateen, three-time MLA and a powerful native chief. Typically, a powerful candidate can have an effect on native elections. However the message from these elections may be very clear. 4 out of 5 seats, heavy margins, BJP having been thrown out even of the one seat they’d… I believe the individuals of Delhi have given a really clear message.

Do you suppose dropping Chauhan Banger has one thing to do with the way by which the AAP and Delhi CM dealt with the Delhi riots and the Tabhligi Jamaat concern?

As I stated, Choudhury Mateen’s son and a powerful candidate can have an effect on a neighborhood election. However the message from the individuals of Delhi is one-sided. Not one out of these 4 seats was gained on a detailed margin. Proper from the primary spherical of voting, the AAP was main on all these 4 seats.

In Shalimar Bagh you gained by a detailed margin, a bit over 2,000 votes.

AAP was main on that seat from the primary spherical. A seat that has been historically the BJP’s, a seat the place there was a sitting BJP councillor. The truth that the individuals of Shalimar Bagh have voted BJP out of energy signifies that BJP is on its method out from the MCD.

Wanting forward, how do you suppose this may play out within the MCD elections subsequent yr?

AAP goes to win in all of the three seats. Now we have seen Arvind Kejriwal’s mannequin of improvement within the Delhi authorities and we’re going to see it within the MCD as effectively.

Concerning the Chauhan Banger loss, do you suppose that this means the AAP’s relationship with the Muslims?

I believe it’s an indicator of the truth that the candidate was sturdy, it was a localised election. So it had an impression on that. In any other case, the individuals of Delhi have given a transparent indication.

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