It's victory frenzy as Kejriwal meets crowd

It's victory frenzy as Kejriwal meets crowd

Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal addressed a public meeting at Jantar Mantar on Wednesday and thanked supporters for the party’s “dream debut”.

“Can BJP form the government?” Kejriwal asked a huge gathering of cheering supporters. The party leaders found it hard to contain enthusiastic supporters and regular disruptions marked the event.

Earlier, party leader Kumar Vishwas introduced all the party’s candidates at the rally, including elected ones.

“One person won from New Delhi as well,” Vishwas said and introduced Kejriwal.
“Who lost in New Delhi?” The supporters shouted “Sheila Dikshit”.

Prominent AAP leader Yogendra Yadav called the election results a “moral victory of Aam Aadmi Party”.

“We know how to go door to door, but we do not know the art of electoral manipulations that is done 24 hours before elections,” he said.

Another AAP bigwig Prashant Bhusan invited Dalits, Muslims and Christians to join the party and Moulana Abu-Bakar Ashrafi also attended the rally.

“I am tired of vote bank politics,” Shazia Ilmi Malik, who lost in the recent polls, said.

The supporters who came to the rally were from all walks of life and age groups. Class 6 student Kelsi from Airlines Colony in Vasant Vihar attended the event with her mother.
She had taken part in Shazia’s election campaigns, Kelsi said.

Some supporters wore T-shirts with Kejriwal’s photos. One supporter donned Santa’s costume with the characteristic Aam Aadmi cap.

“The country has found a weapon to fight elections with the jhadoo,” AAP Babarpur constituency candidate Gopal Rai said. He lost the elections to BJP’s Naresh Gaur of BJP.
“If re-elections happen, we are sure to win from all 70 seats,” Rai said.

Saurabh Bharadwaj, an elected candidate of Aam Aadmi Party from Greater Kailash, chose to have a meeting with resident welfare association members in his locality.

“He may come later. We didn’t even find time for taking out our victory procession,” party volunteer from Greater Kailash Harkirat Singh Kapoor said.

Kejriwal also expressed solidarity for anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare, who began his indefinite fast on Tuesday in Ralegan Siddhi to demand passing of the Lokpal Bill in the current session of Parliament.

Just 300 meters away facing the AAP stage was a gathering of Hazare’s supporters.

“There is no mention of political parties in our constitution. Anna is simply talking about Jan Lokpal,” Hazare’s Jantantra Morcha coordinator Rajeev Bhrigu Kumar said. “We have nothing to do with Kejriwal.”

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