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Kejriwal reflects on defeat, says losing part of politics

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Winning or losing in elections are part of the "political adventure", Chief Minister Kejriwal has written to volunteers, saying there was no reason for the party to give up.

In a break from his combative tone, where he has even questioned the reliability of the electronic voting machines (EVM), Kejriwal charted the AAP's journey from a movement to a political party and urged volunteers to "keep the faith" alive.

He will also be interacting with the volunteers through Live on March 18, an leader said.

"We will need time to fully understand the 'why and how' of these However, before thinking about what next, we need to understand that winning and losing will be part of our political adventure.

"The has 18 seats and 20 per cent vote share in and the 15 seats and 18 per cent vote share in Maharashtra. They have not given up and there is no reason for us to give up," Kejriwal wrote in a letter which has been emailed to all registered volunteers.

The letter, however, does not have any mention to the issue of alleged rigging of voting machines in Punjab as raked up by the chief yesterday.

"Although we did not get the expected results, we are now the opposition in Punjab. Also we have got 6 per cent votes in Goa and we are just one state away from becoming a national party," he said.

Kejriwal has alleged that EVM tampering may have led to the transfer of around 20-25 per cent of the AAP votes to the SAD-combine.

The Akalis got a drubbing in the Punjab polls, winning just 15 seats in the 117-strong assembly, while its ally won three. The AAP finished a distant second behind the victor Congress, winning just 20 seats.

"You believed in us when we took our first baby step, had no experience in contesting elections, and did not know whether we could win even a single seat. Keep the faith, keep up the fight, Hum honge kamyaab," he added.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, March 16 2017. 19:29 IST