"All anti-BJP parties and groups and groups joined hands in support of AAP and this was the reason for the unexpected results," he said on being asked about the Delhi poll outcome. AAP swept the polls winnin0g 67 of the 70 seats and BJP got a paltry three.
    
He said this should not be viewed as AAP's win. "This should not be seen as AAP's victory but a win for anti-BJPism. And the face of this is AAP," he said.
    
Vaidya said AAP's slate was blank now. "What they write on it in the next five years should be the basis for the analysis of this win," he said.

A setback for BJP, but not a referendum on Centre: Venkaiah Naidu

With Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) suffering its first major electoral defeat after Lok Sabha polls, Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday said the Delhi verdict was a setback to the party but maintained that it was not a referendum on the central government as people voted on local issues.

Naidu said the party has to examine the reasons behind its defeat and rectify them. Complementing the AAP for their "good" victory, he voiced hope that they will "live up to the expectations they have created" in voters and said the Centre would extend all support to the new government.
        
"We had eight state elections in a row. We have won in seven places and for the first time, we have a setback in Delhi," the Parliamentary Affairs Minister said on the sidelines of a function here.
     
"I have been saying from day one that this is Delhi elections and this is not a mandate...it is not a referendum on the central government because the issues that were focused, discussed and then decided are local issues. So it is not a referendum on the central government," he said.

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