'Victory snatched from BJP': Kejriwal thanks SC for Chandigarh verdict | Latest News India

The Aam Aadmi Party on Tuesday welcomed the Supreme Court's order on the Chandigarh mayoral elections declaring the party's candidate Kuldeep Kumar the winner.

Delhi CM and AAP National Convener Arvind Kejriwal (File Photo)

“Thank you, SC, for saving democracy in these difficult times! #ChandigarhMayorPolls,” Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal wrote to returning officer Anil Masih.

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Kejriwal also held a press conference on Tuesday on the SC verdict in favor of AAP.

“We thank the Supreme Court… There is a dictatorship in the country… Democracy is being trampled on, all institutions are being trampled on.” In such times, this decision of the Supreme Council is very important for democracy and saving democracy. It is a very important decision,” Kejriwal said.

“This is a big victory for the INDIA bloc…first victory and a big one…it is significant, we snatched this victory from them (BJP). “They had stolen the election and the votes but we did not accept the defeat. We fought until the end and finally won,” he added.

“Those who say BJP cannot be defeated… BJP can be defeated with unity, good planning, strategy and hard work. This election result (Chandigarh mayoral polls) has proven that. It is a victory for the people of Chandigarh. It's a victory for the whole country. The entire nation saw how the BJP stole this election,” he further added.

After the Supreme Court verdict, AAP Rajya Sabha MP Swati Maliwal posted on .

Delhi Minister Saurabh Bharadwaj mocked the BJP-led Centre. “The largest political party in the world, the BJP, was caught on camera committing misconduct during a mayoral election. This is a cause for concern for the country. What would the party do if there is no camera and microphone?” “How can you trust the central government in all these places? before the Supreme Court…,” Bharadwaj added.

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Congress reacts

The Congress, which fought the Chandigarh mayoral elections in alliance with the AAP, termed the SC verdict as “historic”.

“What happened in the Supreme Court is absolutely historic in the history of Chandigarh. This has never happened before…Everyone knows what happened in the mayoral election…Today justice has prevailed…,” Chandigarh Congress leader Harmohinder Singh said happily

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The Supreme Court overturns the January 30 mayoral election

The Supreme Court overturned the result of the Chandigarh mayoral poll in which BJP's Manoj Sonkar was declared the winner, sparking controversy.

The Supreme Court clarified that it did not annul the entire election campaign and limited itself to dealing with the counting violations that led to the invalidation of eight votes cast in Kumar's favor. The court ordered that the eight votes be treated as valid and in favor of Kumar. As a result, the AAP councilor was declared the winner by 20 votes. The court also ordered the prosecution of returning officer Anil Masih, a BJP leader, for his “misdemeanor” after finding serious lapses in the conduct of the election council in the January 30 election.

The judges said it was obvious that Masih made deliberate attempts to deface eight ballot papers.

What happened in the Chandigarh mayoral elections?

The BJP was declared winner of the Chandigarh mayoral elections on January 30, defeating the AAP-Congress alliance candidate. The returning officer declared eight of the coalition partners' votes invalid, thereby justifying the accusation of manipulation of ballot papers.

Manoj Sonkar of the BJP defeated Kuldeep Kumar of the AAP after securing 16 votes against his rival's 12 to win the mayor's post. Sonkar later resigned from the post of mayor.