AAP to contest most LS seats

AAP to contest most LS seats

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Saturday said it would contest the 2014 Lok Sabha elections “from most of the seats in most of the states” without projecting any prime ministerial candidate. The party’s most prominent face Arvind Kejriwal would not contest.

The party said it did not feel it important to have a prime ministerial candidate and wished to make “the common man’s misery” its election plank.

“We do not think it important to project someone as prime minister. We will decide after the polls on who should be the prime ministerial candidate,” Prashant Bhushan told a press conference while revealing decisions taken by the AAP executive on the first day of its two-day meeting.

The meeting would deliberate election strategy and issues to be highlighted. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also echoed similar sentiments.

He told mediapersons in another interaction that he would not contest the Lok Sabha elections, but campaign for party candidates.

Personality politics

He also decried “personality politics”. “National politics should not be reduced to personality politics. I am not important. Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi are not. The nation's politics should be about tackling corruption and higher prices,” he said.

Justifying the AAP’s decision to contest the 2014 elections, Bhushan said results of the Delhi elections infused a new energy and hope into the people across the country.

“People feel that an alternative politics could be initiated. They want an alternative to the Congress and the BJP,” he said. 

Senior AAP leader Sanjay Singh said the first list of cand­i­d­ates would be released by February 15. Rest of the candid­ates would be announced by the end of the next month. He said the exact number of seats wo­uld be decided later.

He, ho­wever, asserted that the party would contest “from the max­i­m­um possible number of seats”.

Selection process

The selection process would be the same as the Delhi elections. Screening would be done by state committees and verified by district committees.

He also clarified that no decision has been taken on fielding Kumar Vishwas against Rahul Gandhi in Amethi.

“It will be done according to laid down procedure,” he said.

Singh said most states, including Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, were ill-governed and the people were suffering.

AAP leaders said the party would release separate state, local and national manifesto.

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