MCD Election Results: Ajay Maken quits as Delhi Congress head as Sheila Dikshit blames local leadership for rout

After the dismal performance of Congress party in Delhi civic polls, party state unit chief Ajay Maken has offered to resign from his post posts taking the moral responsibility of the defeat.

"I will submit my resignation to the Congress president and vice-president shortly," Maken told reporters. He also said that he will no longer hold any posts in the party for at least a year and work with the party cadres to strengthen the organisation at the grassroots.

Maken, however, tried to appear optimistic stating that the Congress' performance was not that bad. "It is a reasonable revival of the Congress but I had hoped for something better than this. I had expected to perform a little better. "So, as the president of Delhi Congress I take moral responsibility and offer to resign from my post. I have decided to resign from my post," he said.

He claimed that there has been a rise in the vote percentage of the Congress in Delhi.

"We have fought the election on positive issues. We are satisfied that we raised reasonable issues in the election. I was given free hand during my two-year tenure as Delhi Congress president in organisational appointments," he said.

His remarks come after former Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Wednesday said that Maken failed to reach out to the people and even blamed the Delhi Congress chief's "lack of involvement" of the local leadership.

According to latest trends, the BJP widened its dominance over rivals the Congress and the AAP, leading in 145 wards in MCD polls, with trends for 227 seats hinting to a landslide victory for the party as forecasted by the exit polls.

The Congress was a distant third in the Delhi municipal corporation polls, after the BJP and the AAP. As per the trends so far, the BJP seems set to sweep the civic polls, claiming over 150 seats across the three civic bodies.

The Aam Aadmi Party, was at second spot, with 48 wards so far. It is leading in eight more wards.

The Congress was at third spot, with victory on 22 wards and lead on six more seats.

With inputs from IANS

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Updated Date: Apr 26, 2017 15:42:24 IST

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