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AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal promises not to quit again

New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal has once again apologized for his actions during his 49-day tenure as chief minister of Delhi last year and promised not to quit again.

“…Many people across Delhi feel that our actions have let them down. In May (last year), we apologised to the people of Delhi for the disappointment caused; and in case you missed it the first time, I do so again – so you hear us loud and clear,” he said.

Kejriwal, who quit on 14 February last year just 49 days after being sworn-in, has faced flak for his decision to resign mid-way. AAP, which had 28 seats in the 70-member House, ran the government with Congress’ support.

Later, Kejriwal contested Lok Sabha polls against BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi from Varanasi but lost. He insisted that he had not given up chief ministership of Delhi for that purpose, as is commonly believed.

“It’s also a commonly-held belief that I gave up the Chief Minister’s chair in Delhi to fight the Lok Sabha election and become Prime Minister. I didn’t,” he said.

Noting that he requested a fresh election for Delhi the very moment he resigned, Kejriwal rued “But the Delhi election never came. In hindsight, perhaps we were too trusting. It was a mistake, an honest mistake; but a mistake all the same.”AK

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