Aam Aadmi Party MP Harbhajan Singh on Wednesday rated his party’s victory in the high-stakes elections to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) as “very big”.
“It’s a very big win. I congratulate [Arvind] Kejriwal sahab, Bhagwant Mann sahab and all workers of the Aam Aadmi Party. It was a very difficult job. But this is how people do it,” Mr Singh told reporters outside parliament.
“When a player goes to the field, he goes to give his best. Whatever result the people give, we will accept it,” the cricketer-turned-politician said.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Wednesday won 134 seats, easily crossing the 126-majority mark, in MCD polls. The civic body, among the world’s biggest, has 250 seats. The BJP won 104 seats and the Congress managed to get just nine wards of the MCD.
It was a far closer contest than the exit polls had predicted, with the BJP putting up a spirited fight. Most exit polls and Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party had predicted that it would win closer to 200 seats.
The party, however, welcomed the results as the “people’s decision” and said it would work together with the BJP and the Congress councillors to clean up Delhi.
Sanitation and Delhi’s growing landfills, dubbed garbage mountains, were the main issue in the elections. The AAP had accused the BJP – which had been in charge of the MCD for the last 15 years – of failing to tackle the problem.