AAP outlines strategy for Lok Sabha polls


Keeps options open to join an alliance

The Aam Aadmi Party’s national council decided on Saturday that the party would contest the 2019 Lok Sabha election in Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Chandigarh and Goa with its “full strength”, leaving open the option of entering into alliances in other States.

At the seventh meeting of its national council at party national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence here, the AAP discussed plans for the upcoming Lok Sabha election, said senior leader and AAP Delhi convener Gopal Rai.

“We have decided that the AAP will carry out its share of the responsibility to end the dictatorship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah. For this, the national council has decided that in the States and Lok Sabha seats where we can challenge the BJP, we will put forth contenders,” said Mr. Rai.

‘Defeating the BJP’

In Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Goa, the AAP would “put up candidates with full strength”, said Mr. Rai. Apart from that, the State Committees of other States had been asked to assess the condition of candidates and the party’s organisation in their respective areas for a report to be submitted to the political affairs committee, he said. The PAC would then decide which seats to contest, he said. The announcement comes in the backdrop of talks between the AAP and the Congress for an alliance — the proposal has faced opposition from within both parties. While Mr. Kejriwal has said the AAP will do whatever it can to end the rule of the BJP when asked about a potential alliance, other AAP leaders, including Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, have come out against the idea. During his address to the national council, Mr. Kejriwal said though the BJP government had tried to obstruct the functioning of the AAP government, all parties were the same. However, he singled out the Congress, saying the party “celebrates with sweets” whenever there is any raid on him or ministers in the AAP government.

However, Mr. Rai said that the AAP had decided “to help” to “defeat the Modi government”, hinting at the possibility of joining a potential national-level Opposition alliance.

At the meeting, AAP representatives from 20 states, office-bearers, MPs and MLAs participated in the discussion, Mr. Rai said.

Among those were absent was Chandni Chowk MLA Alka Lamba, who had recently been removed as a party spokesperson. Sources said Ms. Lamba had not received a phone or email invite. When asked whether Ms. Lamba was not invited, Mr. Rai said: “All MLAs were invited”.

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