AAP Set to Contest 2014 Lok Sabha Polls
Buoyed by their recent success in the Delhi Assembly polls, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has decided to expand their base to other parts of India. The party, which won 28 of the 70 seats, hopes to use the upcoming Lok Sabha elections to emerge as an alternative to the existing players at the national level.
The fledgling party announced its intention to contest the General Elections. Party spokesperson Sanjay Singh said AAP will contest all the 80 Lok Sabha seats from Uttar Pradesh.
Days after announcing their national ambition, AAP were in the soup over party leader Prashant Bhushan’s remarks on Army’s presence in Jammu and Kashmir. The party, which came under attack from both BJP and Congress, later clarified its stand through their website.
Here’s what Bhushan had to say:
“I said that my personal view is that even the deployment of the Armed forces in huge numbers within Kashmir, not for external defence or to prevent infiltration but for the security of the people of Kashmir, should not be done without the consent of the people of Kashmir.” For the complete statement, click here.
AAP Announcements after National Executive Meeting
Meanwhile, interesting developments have taken place in AAP’s Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu units. Mayank Gandhi expressed his intentions to contest the Lok Sabha polls from Mumbai North-West constituency. Gandhi said the names of all Lok Sabha candidates would be announced only by 20 January when the first list of 20 nominees will be released by the AAP Maharashtra unit.
Student protesting against corruption pic.twitter.com/FoXlizEqAP
— Mayank Gandhi (@mayankgandhi04) January 8, 2014
AAP may be soaring in Delhi, but it seems to have hit turbulence even before getting off the ground in Tamil Nadu. Balakrishnan, who claims to be the state secretary of the party, has leveled allegations of mischief against AAP national executive member and state convenor Christina Samy.