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Adesh Gupta steps down as Delhi BJP chief, days after AAP civic poll victory

Adesh Gupta was head of the BJP’s Delhi unit.

New Delhi:

Delhi BJP leader Adesh Gupta resigned from his post on Sunday, days after his party lost to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi party in high-stakes elections to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD ).

Virendra Sachdeva has been named the party’s incumbent chairman until Mr Gupta’s successor is appointed, the BJP said. Adesh Gupta had been appointed head of the BJP unit in Delhi in June 2020.

On Friday, ending speculation over the party claiming the mayorship despite losing civic polls, 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 previously hinted that the party was trying to win the mayoral post despite losing the municipal elections.

“Now let’s move on to the election of a mayor for Delhi. It will all depend on who can hold the numbers in a tight contest, how the appointed councilors vote etc. Chandigarh has a BJP mayor, for example,” said said the head of the BJP’s IT department, Amit Malviya. tweeted on Wednesday when the results were announced.

Hints left by other party leaders, including Manjinder Singh Sirsa and Tajinder Pal Bagga, have also given rise to speculation that the BJP may run for mayor.

It was reinforced by the example of Chandigarh, where the AAP emerged as the largest party earlier this year, winning 14 out of 35 wards in the municipal elections, but the BJP won the mayoral post.

Mr. Gupta, however, shut down all speculation. “The BJP will play the role of a strong opposition within the MCD,” he told NDTV.

“The AAP has the mandate of the people, so it can have its mayor. We send our best wishes to him,” Gupta told the PTI news agency.

The AAP beat the BJP on Wednesday in the closely watched civic polls. The party led by Arvind Kejriwal scored 134 out of 250 districts, while the BJP won 104. The BJP had overseen the MCD for 15 years.


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