AAP to win all 7 LS seats: Arvind Kejriwal

The Asian Age.

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Party to go full throttle on the issue of statehood, asserts chief minister.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal along with his deputy Manish Sisodia (left) and AAP leader Gopal Rai at a press conference in New Delhi on Tuesday. (Photo: G. N. JHA)

NEW DELHI: Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday announced that the Aam Aadmi Party will contest the upcoming Lok Sabha polls on its own, ruling out any alliance with the Congress.

Addressing the media here, he stated that the party plans to go full throttle on the issue of statehood for Delhi.

“We will be fighting the Lok Sabha elections on the issue of full statehood for Delhi as it (national capital) has been suffering because of it,” Mr Kejriwal said.

On being asked its alliance partners, the chief minister said, “We are not in talks with the Congress over alliance. We will be fighting the elections on our own.” The ruling Aam Aadmi Party has declared names of candidates on six of the seven seats in Delhi. The candidate on West Delhi seat is likely to be announced soon. The party launched its mega poll campaign, centred around full statehood for Delhi, on Sunday.

The party volunteers will also distribute Mr Kejriwal’s letter to doorsteps of the voters during the campaign. The letter will elaborate the benefits Delhiites will have if full statehood is achieved.

Elections to the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi will be held on May 12.

Mr Kejriwal, responding to question on his recent decision to form alliances with other political parties, said the “the Modi-Amit Shah duo is dangerous for the country and the whole country should unite to remove them”.

He said “in this direction whatever has to be done would be done”. Country is more important than any party or leader, he added.

“There are two types of people in the country — one are Mr Modi bhakts and another are those who want Mr Modi to lose. The number of Modi bhakts is lower than that of the people who want to defeat Mr Modi,” the chief minister told reporters.