"I want to thank the voters of Delhi who have strengthened our hands by voting for the corporators from BJP".
But in all likelihood, the disqualification of almost one-third of AAP MLAs would be a big setback for Arvind Kejriwal particularly at a time when his popularity has sharply declined.
However, with other party leaders, like former chief minister Sheila Dikshit, stating that the party should have campaigned more aggressively, Maken offered to step down.
In yet another blow to Arvind Kejriwal, his aide Kumar Vishwas has raised doubts about Delhi Chief Minister and the AAP convenor's ability to win elections and said the party should do soul-searching for the repeated loses. "Speaking to Chandigarh-based Tribune, he said", There is no use finding fault in EVMs now, the party leadership committed a historic blunder with regard to the overall strategy in the elections. The question of change of leadership will also be discussed in the party, Vishwas told India Today.
He further claimed that people from his constituency have promised to give him affidavits stating that they had voted for the AAP.
"Blaming EVMs is not good".
He said the controversy after the surgical strike could have been avoided.
He blamed the AAP's loss in the Punjab election on the party's wrong decision. "We should have been more vigilant in ticket distribution", Vishwas said, adding that projecting a chief ministerial face could have yielded better results for the party in Punjab. However, we failed - either in ticket distribution or in our communication - to convince people that we were the alternative they wanted.
However, Kumar Vishwas has a different view from others in his party over the role of EVMs. And yesterday, Punjab unit in-charge Sanjay Singh and organisation-building head Durgesh Pathak resigned from their respective posts. In all, 1,790 candidates of the total 2,516 candidates in the fray lost their deposits in Sunday's municipal polls, votes for which were counted on Wednesday, the SEC said.
The biggest loser in Delhi's municipal elections has, of course, been Arvind Kejriwal.
The AAP's top leadership put up a courageous front suggesting it was all expected due to tampering with EVMs, an allegation that has been rubbished by the Election Commission. And now taking MCD loss as a wake up call, the party is planning to switch its methodology.
While the BJP credited its continued electoral success to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the AAP reiterated its allegations that EVMs were rigged in favour of the BJP - an accusation it has been levelling since its defeat in Punjab and Goa assembly polls.