Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is on the cloud nine not only in its mission of expanding its base across the nation but also, and mostly importantly, for defeating BJP back in its stronghold. Yes, Arvind Kejriwal's party has savored a successful triumph in the elections of Municipal Corporation Delhi (MCD) by ending the 15-year BJP's reign.
The election for the local bodies of MCD was held on December 4. MCD has 250 wards and the results were announced on Wednesday - December 7. The polls at the capital had drawn a national attention and AAP and BJP locked horns in the race. In the end, AAP won the polls by bagging 134 seats, nine seats more than the majority mark. While BJP has secured 104 municipal wards, Congress, which once ruled the state, ended up getting just nine seats.
After recording a remarkable victory, Arvind Kejriwal thanked the voters of Delhi and besides seeking the cooperation of the BJP and Congress, Kejriwal sought the blessings of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Union government to improve civic amenities in the local bodies. Speaking at the party headquarters, Kejriwal said, "I want to thank and congratulate all the people of Delhi from the bottom of my heart. This historic mandate is not ordinary, it is the advent of a huge 'badlaav' (change), a huge parivartan in the MCD now."
He further said, "I will live up to your expectations now. We have all lived up to our words till date and will continue to do so in the times to come. Delhi gave us the responsibility of schools and hospitals, we transformed them, working day and night. We transformed the future of lakhs and lakhs of children through our hard work. Delhi gave us the responsibility of water and electricity, we gave them free water, free 24*7 electricity."
By congratulating all the councillors, Kejriwal said, "We all have to now work together and serve Delhi. I appeal to all those candidates who have faced defeats to not get dejected today, we will solicit your cooperation in transforming Delhi. I seek everyone's support for the cause of uplifting Delhi. Be it Congress, be it BJP, we will all work together so that we can build the Delhi of our dreams. The 250 councillors don't belong to any single party but to Delhi, it is upon your shoulders to carry the burdens of the common people now. I expect that all the parties will forget their divides and work in sync for Delhi to grow."
He further stated, "Through this platform, I appeal to the Centre and the Prime Minister to cooperate with us and seek their blessings for our incoming government. We will depute every single Delhi'ite towards the cause of cleaning Delhi. We, the two crore people of Delhi, are one family. It is time to own up responsibility like a family. We have to also eradicate corruption, we will end the system of loot and lenter mafias (illegal construction mafias). We will rid the MCD of all its problems."
"I can't ever pay back for this love but I will do whatever it takes to fulfil every single responsibility with utmost care. I will not let you lose faith in us. I will work all day, all night, and I will live up to the mandate", Kejriwal added.