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

Day after losing to the BJP in the MCD polls, the Aam Aadmi Party held an emergency meeting at the residence of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal even as offers of resignation poured in from party leaders over the recent string of electoral losses.

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Updated:April 27, 2017, 11:44 AM IST
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New Delhi: Day after losing to the BJP in the MCD polls, the Aam Aadmi Party held an emergency meeting at the residence of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal even as offers of resignation poured in from party leaders over the recent string of electoral losses.

Sanjay Singh, the party’s election in-charge in Punjab, offered to resign 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.

Party leaders Dilip Pandey and Ashish Talwar have also offered to step down from their respective posts 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.

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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