Swaraj India leader Yogendra Yadav has said that the BJP was waging an “all-out war” against the AAP which is on a “self-destruction” mode. He was reacting to his former party’s annihilation in Rajouri Garden assembly bypolls.
“We are witnessing a bizarre and tragic spectacle in democratic politics. The BJP is waging an all-out war to finish the AAP. But it may not succeed. The AAP leadership is out on a self-destruction mode. And we do not know which comes first, the murder or the suicide,” he alleged.
Yadav made the remarks during his party’s civic polls campaign in east Delhi.
Ten days before the municipal polls, the AAP today suffered a body blow as it lost the Rajouri Garden assembly seat to the BJP, forfeited its deposit, and finished third behind the Congress which showed signs of clawing back in its erstwhile turf.
For the AAP, the slide in vote share has been steep, from 47 per cent in 2015 to 13 per cent in the current one. The BJP’s share has increased from 38 per cent in 2015 to 52 per cent in 2017.
With the victory, the BJP’s tally in the Assembly will become four. The Congress does not have any presence in the House.
Around 47 per cent of the over 1.6 lakh electors of the west Delhi seat had cast their vote on April 9.
Meanwhile, the Congress projected the Rajouri Garden Assembly bypoll result, where its candidate finished second, as a sign of its “resurgence” in Delhi while exuding confidence that the party would emerge as a “dark horse” in the MCD polls.
Congress candidate Meenakshi Chandela gave a spirited fight to the winner, Manjinder Singh Sirsa of BJP-SAD combine, but lost by a margin of 14,652 votes.
Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken lauded party workers for the result and said the party’s poll percentage has jumped from 12 per cent in 2015 Assembly elections to 33 per cent in this bypoll.
“Keep the spirit alive-we’ll be the dark horse in MCD!,” he tweeted.
Citing Congress’ poll percentage in this Assembly bypoll, Maken termed the result as a sign of the party’s “resurgence” in Delhi.
“Within two years, Congress has been able to achieve 300 per cent growth in its vote share only due to the tireless efforts of its workers among the people of Delhi,” Maken said.
(With PTI inputs)