AAP to Contest All Punjab Lok Sabha Seats, No Alliance with Congress: Kejriwal Targets Rivals
In a blow to the opposition India Alliance, Arvind Kejriwal, the national convener of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), announced on Saturday that his party will contest all 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab and one in Chandigarh.
The AAP will not have an alliance with the Congress in the state. Kejriwal also took a dig at the Congress, saying that “it will be difficult for the people of Punjab to remember any good work done by their alliance party during their rule.”
Speaking at a public event on doorstep delivery of ration in Punjab, Kejriwal said, “There will be Lok Sabha elections after two months. There are 13 (Lok Sabha) seats in Punjab and one in Chandigarh. There will be a total of 14 seats. In the next 10-15 days, AAP will announce its candidates on all these 14 seats. I request you to bless the party with victory on all these 14 seats, just as you blessed us two years ago.”
AAP had won 92 out of 117 seats in the state assembly elections.
Attacking the rival parties, he said, “If I ask you today, the Congress has ruled for so many years in 75 years, tell me one good work that the party has done. (You) will not remember. The Shiromani Akali Dal has ruled for so many years, if I ask you to tell me one good work of theirs, (you) will not remember.”
The AAP’s decision to contest all seats in Punjab is a major challenge to the Congress, which has been the dominant party in the state for decades. The AAP has made significant inroads in Punjab in recent years, and its victory in the state assembly elections last year was a major upset.
The AAP’s campaign in Punjab is likely to focus on issues such as corruption, unemployment, and the state’s agrarian crisis. The party is also likely to highlight its record in Delhi, where it has been in power since 2015.
The Lok Sabha elections in Punjab are scheduled to be held in May 2024.