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CM Kejriwal admits to 'two major reasons' for Lok Sabha poll debacle

NEW DELHI: After suffering a crushing defeat in the the Lok Sabha elections, where the Aam Aadmi Party was not able to win even a single seat in Delhi, the party's national convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal wrote an open letter to AAP volunteers admitting that the party in its campaign was unable to communicate to the people why it should vote for AAP. He also found that the political atmosphere in the country as another reason of the AAP's defeat.

He wrote that they ran a superb campaign and that their candidates were among the best in the country but the results did not meet their expectations. He gave two reasons for the party's poor showing in the general elections. The CM noted, "Post-election ground analysis has revealed two major reasons. First, the atmosphere that prevailed in the country rubbed off on Delhi as well. Second, people saw this "big election" as between Modi and Rahul and voted accordingly." He further wrote: "Whatever be the reason, we were not able to explain to the public why they should vote for us in this big election."

Drawing attention to the upcoming Vidhan Sabha elections,CM Kejriwal wrote that on the brighter side, the people have 'enthusiastically assured' that they will vote for the party during the Assembly elections on account of

their incredible work. CM Kejriwal asserted that the Delhi government has not budged from the "corruption-free mission" that brought this party into existence six and a half years ago.

"Despite unleashing the power of all government agencies on my ministers and me, they couldn't find even a single 'naya paisa' worth of corruption. All the cases filed on our 20 MLAs were dismissed by the courts," he said.

Referring to the various achievements of his government, CM Kejriwal said he looks forward to the continued support and commitment of his party workers in the Assembly elections, slated to be held early next year. He listed out the party's achievement saying they were able to achieve their promises without increasing taxes, through honest intent and delivery and also managed to almost double their budget. He thanked the volunteers for their contributions and commitment to the idea of what India can be.

The AAP suffered a crushing defeat in the Lok Sabha polls and won just one out of over 40 seats on which it fielded its candidates. All seven of their candidates in Delhi also lost in the Lok Sabha polls.

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