The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Lok Satta Party (LSP) are on a collision course with the former deciding to field or support a strong candidate against Jayaprakash Narayan, founder and national president of LSP.
The new development is the result of LSP’s manifesto, released on Thursday, in which the party had said it will remove all restrictions in the usage of GM (Genetically Modified) crops along with BT cotton crops for the benefit of farmers.
The party also voiced its support to FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) in Retail in its Manifesto. The AAP members are vehemently against these policies from the beginning as they feel that GM crops are a threat to local biodiversity and pose health hazards for consumers.
With both the parties sharing the same plank as far as fighting for clean politics and alternate governance is concerned, the AAP had almost decided to not field anyone against Mr. Jayaprakash. However, the decision is reversed now. “Initially, many among us felt that we should not field anyone against Mr. Jayaprakash Narayan. However, now we want to see him defeated. How can he promote the usage of GM crops in his manifesto when we are still unsure of what impact it can have on our health?” said B. Ramakrishna Raju, Convenor, AP campaign committee, AAP. Talks are underway between Left parties and AAP to extend support to Mr. Nageswar’s candidature.
The move gains significance since AAP enjoys good support in Malkajgiri constituency.