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AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal addresses a press conference called to release the party's manifesto for the Delhi MCD Polls in New Delhi, April 19, 2017. Kejriwal has joined the call to form an alliance against the BJP. (IANS photo)

NEW DELHI — Joining the the chorus for an alliance against the BJP, Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal April 21 said all "good" people should join hands to take on the saffron party.

He also admitted to having made "mistakes" in Punjab, where the AAP was tipped to do well but lost badly to the Congress.

He insisted that the AAP’s defeat was caused by electronic voting machines, which he alleged were tampered with.

"If there is a need for such an alliance in the country, all the good people should come forward," the Delhi chief minister told PTI.

He said he "liked" all of them.

His remarks came against the backdrop of his recent meeting with Kerala counterpart, Pinarayi Vijayan, whom he visited at Kerala House in New Delhi to discuss "a range of issues."

The AAP chief has in the past shared the dais with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Kejriwal noted that the results in the recent polls in Goa were "not surprising," but said in Punjab the results were not what the party had expected.

"The results of Goa assembly polls were not surprising for me, but in Punjab the results were not what we had expected. The energy in Punjab was a very high. I had seen that," he said.

"We have done mistakes. We might have committed 100 mistakes and we will rectify them as well at the party level. But we were not defeated because of our mistakes but the EVMs," he said.

Kejriwal has raised the issue EVM tampering, despite the Election Commission's assertion that the machines are robust and tamper-proof, as well as the issue of faulty EVMs used during the bypoll in Rajasthan's Dholpur.

The Delhi High Court April 21 dismissed the AAP's plea to use the voter-verified paper audit trail voting machines in the April 23 municipal polls.

Justice A.K. Pathak said an order to use the VVPAT-enabled generation 2 or 3 electronic voting machines could not be issued at the 11th hour as it would amount to stalling the election process.

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