"He along with other senior leaders held meetings with many groups of disgruntled councilors to pacify them and to inspire them to work for the party in the MCD polls", said a senior party leader. Citing the recent drubbing that the party received in both, the state Assembly election in Punjab and the civic body elections in Delhi, Singh told CNN-News18 that dismal show in elections is the reason behind the resignation. BJP president Amit Shah termed the party's resounding win in the civic polls as another public endorsement of Modi's leadership and rule and a vote against the "negative politics" of the AAP. "It was expected. People such as Pankaj Ranga, Ankush Narang and Romi Bhati, who came to campaign and make us (sic) chief minister of Punjab and were projecting themselves as kingmakers, were contesting MCD elections", he told The Indian Express.
Not many inside the BJP were pleased when Manoj Tiwari was given charge of Delhi BJP in November past year.
Addressing the AAP councillors at his residence here, Kejriwal administered them a "pledge of honesty" and cautioned them not to let themselves be lured or involved in corruption as, he claimed, the three municipal corporations in Delhi were "most corrupt".
Following the BJP's victory in the MCD polls, Congress leaders like Ajay Maken, Gurudas Kamat and P.C. Chacko also announced their resignations from their posts.
"The factual matter is the election on behalf of Congress seems to have been fought more on individual lines than party polling together".
The lowest poll margin in east Delhi was in Bhajanpura ward, where BJP's Gurjeet Kaur defeated Congress's Rekha Rani by a mere 58 votes.
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On the other hand, the BJP went to polls on three years of governance by the Modi government and also managed to nullify anti-incumbency factor by promoting all fresh faces.
"Congress did not campaign in an aggressive way".
"Delhi people have given their reply to Kejriwal on my behalf", Gupta said.
The AAP members have blamed the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) for its defeat. "Once you sit in the chair, you lose your power of thinking", said Hazare.
Punjab is the only major state the Congress has won since its debacle in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. There was no need for him to hurry.
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