Soon after the MCD polls got over and the results are just around the corner, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said that he will launch a “movement” if BJP wins in the MCD elections as per the exit polls. Notably, the exit poll predicted a landslide victory for the BJP in all three municipal corporations, winning 218 of the total 270 seats in the MCD elections held in Delhi on Sunday.
Kejriwal who has often questioned the fairness of democracy, despite being elected as the Chief Minister via EVM voting, has recently railed against the use of EVMs questioning the reliability of the machines. He also suggested holding the upcoming municipal elections through ballot papers.
As he addressed a gathering of poll observers at his residence in Civil Lines just two days ahead of results, Kejriwal said that AAP which was born out of a populist movement and won’t hesitate in going back to its roots.
“If such results come, it proves that manipulation has happened, like in Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Pune, Mumbai, Bhind, and Dholpur. We are the product of a movement. We are not here to enjoy the pleasures of power. We will return to movement,” he said.
More concerned about the “unabated tampering of EVMs” across the country and “betrayal”. He cited an example of AAP MLA Mahender Yadav, saying: “Mahender is famous among the people of his constituency. In the morning, he roams on a bike in his constituency and asks people about their complaints.”
“And if exist polls result come true, we will give a befitting reply,” Kejriwal said.
Kejriwal also cited the instance of low votes in the villages in Punjab, “even in places where people booed the Akalis out”.
“There is a colony in Sanjeev Jha’s constituency (Burari) where there was 100 percent voting in the municipal polls. But if they show 50 percent vote for the BJP then it makes one doubtful,” he said.
The meeting was attended by senior party leaders including Ashutosh, Kumar Vishwas, and MLAs.
“The survival of the AAP is not just to win a few states, it is important for the country. Minorities are in difficulty and fear; people cannot travel with their livestock. To stop their false nationalism, to keep alive the real questions of this country raised at the Jantar Mantar, the AAP has to survive,” Vishwas said.
“If this (BJP sweep) is what the exit polls are saying, it is clear that the EVMs have been tampered with and these fake exit polls are being put out to prepare a ground for the rigged results,” said AAP Delhi Convener Dilip Pandey.