Increased vote share shows Delhi's belief in us: Cong

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

New Delhi [India], Apr 27 (ANI): Accepting its defeat in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) polls, the Congress on Thursday said that increased vote share in their basket as compared to the last elections has proven that the people of Delhi believe in the ideology of the grand old party. Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said that the increase in vote share from 9.5 percent to 20 percent has proved the confidence that the people of Delhi have on the Congress. He further asserted that the Congress will mark victory in Delhi in the coming future. "It has proved that the people of Delhi believe in the ideology and policies of the Congress. However, it has also given us instructions that we need to put in more hardwork and have to act as constructive opposition. We have full belief that the Congress will mark victory in Delhi," Surjewala told ANI. Responding to a poser on Congress Delhi in-charge Ajay Maken's resignation, another Congress leader Ajoy Kumar said the increase in vote share should be owed to the former Delhi Congress president's efforts. "The Congress secured 9 percent votes in the last assembly elections. We got it to 20 percent by the efforts of Ajay Maken and other Congress members. We believe that the efforts made by Ajay Maken to win the confidence of Delhi will benefit us in the future. We would like to thank Maken for his efforts and determination," Kumar told ANI. Post MCD polls results, the Congress came tumbling down with Maken and party Delhi in-charge P.C. Chacko and AICC General Secretary Gurudas Kamat offering their resignations. Earlier yesterday, the BJP swept the polls to Delhi's three municipal corporations, North, East and South winning 181 seats out of 270 seats. The party succeeded in retaining power in the three civic bodies for the third consecutive term. The AAP with 48 seats finished second, Congress with 29 seats third. 12 seats went to others including Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Samajwadi Party (SP), Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and Independents. Reacting to poll results, senior BJP leader and Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said, the result is a message for AAP to give up negative politics and work for constructive politics. He rejected AAP allegations of EVMs tempering terming them as wild and baseless. Delhi BJP Unit Chief Manoj Tiwari also lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah's leadership and policies for the victory. (ANI)