On Tuesday, Delhi BJP Chief Manoj Tiwari congratulated Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and the people of Delhi after Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) swept the Delhi Elections.
“Thanks to all the voters of Delhi. Thank you to all the party workers for their hard work… We respect the mandate of people. @ArvindKejriwal congratulations to you,” Manoj Tiwari posted on Twitter in Hindi. “I hope the Delhi government will live up to the expectations of the people,” he added.
AAP won 62 seats in the 70-member assembly, five seats short of its 2015 tally when it had won 67 seats. The BJP won eight seats, five more than its tally in the previous election.
On Saturday, Mr Tiwari had tweeted that his party would win 48 seats and form a government comfortably and he had urged people to “save” the tweet.
On the counting day, the Delhi BJP chief went further and said he would not be surprised if the BJP won more than 55 seats.
He said he believed in his ‘sixth sense’ and his intuitions for BJP winning in the capital.
However, BJP lost in the elections and AAP had a remarkable victory.
“We saved your tweet. Should we now delete it,” reporters asked the Delhi BJP chief on Tuesday.
“As state chief, I can hardly say we are losing, can I? We had our own internal survey. I had made an assessment based on the state of 48 constituencies. I was wrong in thinking that they would vote for change. You saved my tweet, you keep it..,” he said.
A party needs 36 in the Delhi assembly for a majority and to form the government. AAP won 62 seats out of the 70.
Manoj Tiwari also told the reporters that if the BJP lost, the blame would be entirely on him.
“We will analyse the loss. We hope in future there will be less blame-game and more work,” Mr Tiwari said.