Arvind Kejriwal calls for emergency meeting of all MLAs amidst offers of resignations


Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has called for an emergency meeting of all his MLAs at his house shortly.

The call for this meeting has taken place after many senior AAP functionaries and lawmakers offered to resign.

The latest among those who’ve offered to quit are Sanjay Singh and Durgesh Pathak, both of whom were responsible for the party’s Punjab affairs.

On Wednesday, the party’s Delhi convener, Dilip Pandey had resigned owning responsibility for the AAP’s debacle in MCD polls. AAP MLA Alka Lamba too had reportedly expressed her desire to resign in the wake of the party candidates’ dismal performance in her constituency, Chandani Chowk.

AAP MP from Punjab, Bhagwant Mann, had publicly contradicted the party’s leadership on the issue of EVMs.

Mann had said there was no use in finding fault with Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and the party should introspect on the reasons behind its defeat in Punjab. Mann also slammed the party leadership for “behaving like a ‘mohalla’ (local) cricket team,” and said AAP had committed a “historic blunder” in Punjab with regard to the overall electoral strategy.

AAP Punjab state convener Gurpreet Singh Ghuggi also endorsed Mann’s remarks.

After the party won only 20 seats in Punjab, Kejriwal had alleged tampering of EVMs in the polls.

Reacting to Mann’s position on EVMs, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said the party would introspect on reasons behind its defeat, but that it does not mean EVMs were not tampered with.

“Looking at the situation, it seems that there is an EVM wave in Delhi,” Sisodia said.

“There is no reason why people should vote for the BJP (in the MCD polls). We will analyse the reasons behind our defeat. We would have understood had there been a difference of 2-4 seats, but the margin between the two parties can only happen by rigging the EVMs,” Sisodia said.

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