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All good people should join hands to take on BJP: Kejriwal

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

chief Kejriwal today joined the chorus for an alliance against the BJP, saying all the "good" people should join hands to take on the saffron party.

He also admitted to have made "mistakes" in Punjab, where the was tipped to do well but lost badly to the Congress. He insisted that its defeat was due to the electronic voting machines (EVMs), which he alleged were tampered with.

"If there is a need for such an alliance in the country, all the good people should come forward (to join hands)," the Chief Minister told PTI.

He said he "liked" all of them.

His remarks came in the back drop of his recent meeting with counterpart,

Kejriwal had called on Vijayan at the House here and discussed "a range of issues".

The chief had in the past shared dais with and Chief Minister

He said that the in the recent polls in were "not surprising" but in it was not as per the party's expectation.

"The of Assembly polls were not surprising for me, but in the were not what we had expected. The energy in was a very high. I had seen that.

"We have done mistakes. We might have committed 100 mistakes and we will rectify them as well at the party level. But we were not defeated because of our mistakes but the EVMs," he said.

Kejriwal had been raking up the issue of alleged tampering of the EVMs, despite the Election Commission's assertion that the machines are robust and tamper-proof.

He had raised the issue of faulty EVMs used during the bypoll in Rajasthan's Dholpur.

The High Court today dismissed the Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) plea for use of the voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) voting machines in the April 23 municipal polls.

Justice A K Pathak said an order for use of VVPAT-enabled Generation 2 or Generation 3 electronic voting machines cannot be issued at the 11th hour as it would amount to stalling the election process.

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First Published: Fri, April 21 2017. 20:22 IST