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At AAP's Stock-taking Meeting, EVMs Not the Main Agenda

The Aam Aadmi Party seems to be uncertain about its position on the EVM issue. Sources said the issue was a part of the discussions at the emergency meeting held at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence on Thursday, but it was not the main item on the agenda.

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Updated:April 27, 2017, 2:51 PM IST
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At AAP's Stock-taking Meeting, EVMs Not the Main Agenda
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New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party seems to be uncertain about its position on the EVM issue. Sources said the issue was a part of the discussions at the emergency meeting held at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence on Thursday, but it was not the main item on the agenda.

Sources said the party line in the meeting was that AAP did work, but somewhere it lost touch with the people. The party now plans to step up efforts to connect with the people.

On Wednesday, Kejriwal had also stayed away from allegations of EVM tampering while congratulating BJP on its victory in the MCD elections.

However, Greater Kailash MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj said the EVM issue is still a priority for AAP. “EVMs were discussed, but it was not the main agenda of the meet. We are looking at two issues. EVM tampering is the first, we lost because this is happening on a national-level. If this is solved, only then will we move to the second issue, which is that we lost because people are upset,” he said.

Meanwhile, minister Gopal Rai was given the charge of Delhi after Dilip Pandey’s resignation.

The meeting at Kejriwal’s residence was held even as offers of resignation poured in from party leaders.

Sanjay Singh, the party’s election in-charge in Punjab, resigned on Thursday morning, while Chandni Chowk MLA Alka Lamba said she would step down as no party candidate won in wards falling in her constituency.

Also Read| Offers to Step Down Pour in, AAP Goes Into Huddle at Kejriwal's Residence

Party leader Ashish Talwar has also offered to step down after the loss in municipal body elections in the national capital.

Cracks have already started appearing in the party with MP Bhagwant Mann criticising the management of elections in Punjab, and Kumar Vishwas indirectly criticising Kejriwal’s defence of partymen under corruption scanner.

Delhi's overwhelming rejection of the AAP came barely two years into its meteoric rise in the 2015 Assembly polls when it had clinched an unprecedented 67 of the 70 seats. As votes were counted on Wednesday, it was left with just 48 wards in its kitty out of the 272 spread across the three municipal corporations in the national capital.

Also Read | MCD Elections: As AAP Wilts, Alka Lamba Offers to Quit as MLA

AAP's defeat, which came close on the heels of its abysmal performance in the Assembly polls in Goa, where it failed to open account, and poorer than expected show in Punjab, does not portend well for the party which is bracing itself for a bigger battle in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home turf Gujarat.

Assembly election is Gujarat is due later this year.

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