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Fight does not end in Delhi, will contest LS polls: Arvind Kejriwal

By Sushmita Dutta | Last Updated: Monday, December 9, 2013 - 22:42

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: A day after Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) electrifying debut in the high-profile Delhi Assembly polls, party chief Arvind Kejriwal on Monday thanked the people of the national capital and applauded the hard work of the party members.

“AAP is not a one man show. People like Yogendra Yadav, Prashant Bhushan have worked really hard,” Kejriwal said while talking to the media.

The AAP leader added, “Once a rickshawala gave me all the money he had for our movement. This responsibility is scary.”

Debutant AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal yesterday pulled off a major upset against three-time Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, defeating her with a thumping margin of over 25,000 votes in New Delhi constituency.

While reacting on the people’s faith and the subsequent responsibility being given to AAP, Kejriwal said, “I am not scared about being not successful, but I am scared of making mistakes.”

Kejriwal said AAP will soon fight the General Elections but not sure when. “Will enter national politics but haven’t decided as to when as yet,” Kejriwal said in an interview to CNN-IBN.

He said the verdict of Delhi clearly indicates that even the strongest and the mightiest leaders can be defeated if the common man awakes and challenges them.

While assuring his electorates, the AAP leader said that those who have won 28 seats in the 70-member Assembly will now to have to fulfil all the "promises" they made to the people.

He said that AAP`s victory was the beginning of a new era of politics which is about clean candidates, untainted leaders and direct participation of the people.

"Delhi poll result is clear that BJP and Congress should mend their ways, else common people will rout them," he said.

On questions about his former Team Anna member, Kiran Bedi asking AAP and BJP to join hands to form government in Delhi, he questioned, "does she feels BJP was good?"

"How can we take support of BJP or Congress as they failed to pass the Jan Lokpal Bill? There would be a time when we would definitely form a government," he said, adding why they were shying away from forming a government.

On the question of AAP MLA being poached, he said none of his MLA would poached.

He also refuted about the existence of "Modi wave" in Delhi elections, and said "it was created by media."

When asked that whether Anna Hazare`s participation in his election campaign would have made any difference, he said "I would request Anna that he should bless us as that would also be of help to us."

Delhi is presently facing a hung Assembly after AAP won 28 seats and BJP 31 seats while Congress could only manage to get eight seats.

Kejriwal also accepted that the huge responsibility which has been given to him is scary. "Responsibility put on me is scary," the AAP leader said.

With PTI inputs

First Published: Monday, December 9, 2013 - 17:40

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