Ke­jri­wal will not con­test LS polls from Varanasi, says AAP

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Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) spokesman and Ra­jya Sabha mem­ber San­jay Singh on Sun­day said party pres­i­dent and Delhi chief min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal would not con­test Lok Sabha elec­tion from Varanasi.

The se­nior AAP leader added that the party would field a “strong can­di­date” against Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi in Varanasi in the elec­tions.

“AAP chief Arvind Ke­jri­wal will not con­test Lok Sabha elec­tion from Varanasi as he wants to fo­cus more on Delhi. AAP will field strong can­di­dates on cer­tain seats, in­clud­ing Varanasi,” Singh told me­dia per­sons.

Singh was ad­dress­ing the me­dia dur­ing the party’s ‘BJP bha­gao, bhag­wan bachao’ ya­tra which was taken out from Ay­o­d­hya to Varanasi on Jan­uary 12-13. “AAP will field can­di­dates on all par­lia­men­tary seats of Pun­jab, Haryana, Goa and Chandi­garh. Prepa­ra­tions for elec­tions are in full swing,” the Ra­jya Sabha MP added.

Ke­jri­wal had se­cured sec­ond po­si­tion against Modi from Varanasi seat in the 2014 Lok Sabha elec­tion.

On a re­cent state­ment made by Ke­jri­wal to not vote for the Congress in the com­ing Lok Sabha elec­tions, Singh told PTI, “Ke­jri­wal was quoted out of con­text. He had said that in a meet­ing in the na­tional cap­i­tal that if you want to de­feat the BJP, then do not waste your vote by cast­ing it in favour of the Congress. His state­ment was in the con­text of Delhi, from where the AAP is con­test­ing on all the seats.” WITH AGENCY IN­PUTS

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