AAP to con­test from all LS seats in three states

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - My India My Vote - Gu­lam Jee­lani gu­lam.jee­lani@htlive.com ▪

NEWDELHI: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will con­test in­de­pen­dently on all Lok Sabha seats in Delhi, Pun­jab and Haryana in the up­com­ing 2019 gen­eral elec­tions. The Arvind Ke­jri­wal-led party will, how­ever, field its can­di­dates on se­lected seats in other states, party lead­ers said.

“We will con­test on all seats in Delhi, Pun­jab and Haryana in the 2019 polls,” said Gopal Rai, and AAP’s Delhi con­vener.

The party has al­ready an­nounced can­di­dates for five of Pun­jab’s 13 Lok Sabha seat­sand in-charges for six out of seven seats in Delhi. De­ci­sion for field­ing can­di­dates in 10 Lok Sabha seats of Haryana will be taken soon, party lead­ers said.

“De­pend­ing on the or­gan­i­sa­tional struc­ture and lo­cal con­di­tions, we will an­nounce Lok Sabha can­di­dates in other states,” Rai said.

In the 2014 par­lia­men­tary elec­tions, the AAP fielded 432 can­di­dates for 543 Lok Sabha seats across the coun­try. This in­cluded all 80 seats in Ut­tar Pradesh, 48 in West Ben­gal, 40 in Bi­har, seven in Delhi, 13 in Pun­jab and 10 in Haryana. But the party won just four with its can­di­dates los­ing their de­posits in at least 400 seats.

Since 2012, when AAP was born out of an anti-cor­rup­tion move­ment led by Anna Hazare, the party has made sev­eral at­tempts to in­crease its in­flu­ence out­side Delhi — where it has won two assem­bly elec­tions.

Cur­rently, the party has 66 mem­bers in the Delhi leg­isla­tive assem­bly, three Ra­jya Sabha mem­bers from Delhi, four Lok Sabha mem­bers from Pun­jab and it is the prin­ci­ple op­po­si­tion party in the Pun­jab assem­bly, where it has 22 leg­is­la­tors.

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