New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal would not contest forthcoming Lok Sabha elections as he wants to focus on his state, AAP spokesperson and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh said on Sunday. Also Read - Tractor Rally: Aam Aadmi Party Condemns Violence, blames Centre for Letting Situation 'Deteriorate'
Speaking to news agency PTI over phone, Singh said,”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, Haryana Goa. The party will contest on some seats in UP, and final modalities will be worked out by February. The party is mulling to field a ‘strong’ candidate for Varanasi seat. Apart from Varanasi, the party will contest from seats in eastern and western UP, where the organisation is strong.” Also Read - Punjab Aam Admi Party MLAs to Move Towards Delhi on Tractors to Support Farmers On Monday
On being asked about recent statement made by Kejriwal to not vote for the Congress in the coming Lok Sabha elections, Singh said, “Kejriwal was quoted out of context. He had said that in a meeting in the national capital that if you want to defeat the BJP, then do not waste your vote by casting it in favour of the Congress. His statement was in the context of Delhi, from where the AAP is contesting on all the seats.” Also Read - AAP MLA Somnath Bharti Sentenced to Two Years in Jail For Assaulting Security Staff at AIIMS
Notably, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had slammed the Congress by calling it “as corrupt as BJP”, a day after the new chief of Delhi Congress Sheila Dikshit eliminated any possible alliance with his Aam Aadmi Party. At a meeting held on Saturday to review the party’s preparations in East Delhi Lok Sabha constituency, Kejriwal asserted that the AAP had done everything to defeat the corrupt regime of the Congress party in the previous general elections.