Several chief ministers and leaders of different states and across the political spectrum congratulated Aam Admi Party (AAP) and its chief Arvind Kejriwal for nearing a sounding victory in the Assembly elections on Tuesday, 11 February.
Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi congratulated Arvind Kejriwal and the Aaam Aadmi Party. “My best wishes and congratulations to Mr Kejriwal and the AAP on winning the Delhi elections,” Gandhi said in his tweet.
Meanwhile, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee congratulated Kejriwal stating, “Only development will work. Citizenship (Amendment) Act, NRC and NPR will be rejected. The people have rejected BJP.”
The Aam Aadmi Party appeared set for another term in Delhi, with the party leading in 63 seats of the 70, as votes polled in the last week’s elections were being counted.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan also congratulated his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal for AAP's "resounding victory" in the Assembly elections, saying the results are a sign of inclusive politics in the country.
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‘Win Strengthens Federal Rights’
DMK President MK Stalin on Tuesday congratulated Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for the Aam Aadmi Party's massive win in the Assembly elections in the national capital and said it is a ‘vindication’ of development politics.
Samajwadi Party Chief Akhilesh Yadav also congratulated Kejriwal.
“I congratulate Arvind Kejriwal. I also thank the people of Delhi who rejected the politics of hate, betrayal, and destruction. After the result of this election, BJP will not remember any Bagh,” said Yadav.
‘Jan Ki Baat’ Over ‘Mann Ki Baat’
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray joined the club and said, “I congratulate Arvind Kejriwal and the people of Delhi for AAP's victory in Delhi Polls 2020. People have shown that the country will be run by 'Jan Ki Baat', not 'Mann Ki Baat'. BJP called Kejriwal a terrorist but couldn't defeat him.”
Uddhav added, “It’s defeat of narrative created by BJP that who ever opposes them are deshdrohi.”
His son, Aaditya Thackeray also took to Twitter to congratulate Kejriwal.
‘AAP Won, Bluff & Bluster Lost’
Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram and Rajasthan’s Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot also chimed in, stating that people have spoken and rejected the divisive politics of BJP by choosing AAP.
BJP Accepts Mandate, Will Act as Constructive Opposition: Nadda
BJP president JP Nadda on Tuesday said that his party accepts the mandate given by the people of Delhi and it will play the role of a constructive opposition.
Congratulating Arvind Kejriwal and AAP for their victory in the Delhi assembly election, Nadda said in a series of tweets that the BJP hopes the AAP government will work for the overall development of the national capital.
He also expressed gratitude towards BJP workers, saying they worked day and night for the party's victory.
Former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha tweeted:
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also congratulated his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal for AAPs hattrick win in the assembly elections.
Senior RJD leader Manoj Jha said the biggest message from the Delhi Assembly polls is for the BJP – that "poisonous" campaign and statements will not work. He said the message has also gone out to Bihar where Assembly polls are due next year, and to the rest of the country.
The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) had contested the Delhi elections on four seats in alliance with the Congress. The alliance is staring at a massive defeat in the national capital.
"We are not at all disappointed, people have given their mandate (for AAP). The biggest message is for the BJP that poisonous campaign and statements will not work," Jha told reporters.