Kejriwal admits quitting Delhi govt a mistake

New Age Desk

Arvind Kejriwal

Arvind Kejriwal

In his first admission that his decision to quit as Delhi chief minister had gone wrong, Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal told ET he mistimed the decision to resign, and that mistake meant AAP suffers a communication gap with the people, The Economic Times reported. He said that AAP will have to be more careful in future.
However, he defended the decision to quit in principal. ET spoke to Kejriwal as he and his team were en route Amritsar for campaigning.
Kejriwal said he does not regret the decision to quit on principle, but he feels that he should not have it done the same night BJP and Congress blocked the passage of the Jan Lokpal Bill.
‘In hindsight, I think we should have taken a few more days to hold public meetings to explain the rationale behind our decision and then quit. The suddenness of our decision and the communication gap with masses allowed BJP and Congress to spread falsehood about us and label us as escapists. This is a mistake we made and we’ll be more careful in future,’ he said.
AAP’s political rivals as well as many neutral observers have critiqued it for running away from governance responsibility. This is the first time Kejriwal responded to that criticism by admitting an error on his and his party’s part.
Responding to questions on whether this error has cost him middle-class support, Kejriwal said both yes and no. ‘There are two categories of people who have been disappointed with AAP’s resignation from government.

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