“Every fourth city resident voted for the Aam Aadmi Party,” asserted the party’s candidate, Gul Panag, who managed to get more than 1 lakh votes in the general elections. “We respect the mandate of people. I will stay in the city to serve them.”
The 35-year-old Bollywood actress, who left for the vote counting early in the morning, said: “AAP will now focus on the municipal corporation polls slated for 2016. We’ll work hard to further improve the party’s prospects in the city.” She added the party, which had expected a much larger vote share than it secured, would now go all out to strengthen its base in the city.
“We will continue to conscientiously serve the people of the city and remain committed to our fight for a corruption free India. It was our first election in the UT and we have ensured that with 1 lakh plus votes we are a voice that cannot be ignored,” she later tweeted.
“It was the hard work put in by party workers and their intensive campaigning that yielded the good results,” Panag said. She also congratulated the BJP’s candidate for the city, Kirron Kher, and its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi for their victory.
“AAP will form a strong opposition and ensure the government performs its duty properly,” she said.
Meanwhile, AAP leader Gurjasjit Singh, who coordinates with the media, said “People chose to put an end to corruption and communalism, which is why they voted in such huge numbers for Gul Panag.”