NEW DELHI (AP) — Anti-corruption campaigner Arvind Kejriwal says quitting as the top elected official of the Indian capital was a mistake for which he is would like to apologize before seeking a fresh mandate.
Speaking at a news conference Wednesday, Kejriwal said his exit only 49 days into his term in February made many voters think he had run away, for which he was sorry.
Kejriwal’s upstart Common Man’s Party won 27 out of 70 seats in Delhi’s state legislature in December. But in the national election that just ended, the party he led won only four seats in the 543-member lower house of India’s Parliament.
Kejriwal himself lost by a wide margin to India’s next prime minister, Narendra Modi.