Kejriwal not to contest in LS polls

The crucial meeting of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) held yesterday in New Delhi to formulate party’s strategy for Lok Sabha polls has decided that its chief Aravind Kejriwal should not contest in the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls, but concentrate on party’s campaign in the national campaign.

It may be recalled that he has contested against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 polls. But, it has decided to put up a strong candidate against Prime Minister.

This was confirmed by AAP Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Singh. He said that Kejriwal will not contest the Lok Sabha polls, as he wants to give special focus to his state. The AAP will contest on all the Lok Sabha seats in Delhi, Punjab, Haryanaand Goa. The party will contest on some seats in UP, and final modalities will be worked out by February, he added.

Apart from Varanasi, the party will contest from seats in eastern and western UP, where the organisation is strong, he added. Singh said in Delhi his party is working on education, health, farmers, power and providing drinking water.

“If we foray into national politics, then our issues will be education for all, free education to economically weaker sections of the society, ending unemployment and implementing the recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission,” Singh said.


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