Adesh Gupta resigns as Delhi BJP chief days after AAP’s referendum victory – Flying Journals

Adesh Gupta resigns as Delhi BJP chief days after AAP's referendum victory

Adesh Gupta is the head of the Delhi branch of the Bharatiya Janata Party.

New Delhi:

Delhi BJP chairman Adesh Gupta resigned on Sunday, days after his party lost to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi party in a high-stakes election for the Delhi Municipal Corporation (MCD).

The BJP said Virendra Sachdeva was the party’s working chairman until Mr Gupta’s successor was appointed. Adesh Gupta was appointed as the head of the Delhi branch of the BJP in June 2020.

Ending speculation on the party’s claim for the mayoralty despite losing the citizen polls on Friday, Adesh Gupta said the MCD mayor would come from the AAP and the BJP would play the role of a “strong opposition”.

Several BJP leaders had earlier hinted that the party would fight for the mayoralty despite losing in the polls.

“Now it’s time to elect a mayor for Delhi. It all depends on who can handle the numbers in a close race, how the nominated councilors vote, etc. For example, Chandigarh has a BJP mayor,” said the BJP Amit Malviya, head of the IT department, tweeted when the results were announced on Wednesday.

Hints from other party leaders, including Manjinder Singh Sirsa and Tajinder Pal Bagga, have also sparked speculation that the BJP may run for the mayoralty.

This is further supported by the example of Chandigarh, where the AAP won 14 of 35 constituencies in municipal polls earlier this year, making it the single largest party, but the BJP won the mayoralty.

However, Mr Gupta dismissed all speculation. “BJP will play the role of strong opposition in MCD,” he told NDTV.

“AAP is empowered by the people so they can have their own mayor. We send them our best wishes,” Mr Gupta told news agency PTI.

The AAP defeated the BJP in a closely watched referendum on Wednesday. Arvind Kejriwal’s party won 134 out of 250 constituencies, while the BJP won 104. The BJP has overseen the MCD for 15 years.

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