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AAP to contest 'maximum' seats in most states in Lok Sabha poll

Arvind Kejriwal not to contest Lok Sabha elections

New Delhi, Jan 4 (IANS):
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said Saturday he would not contest the April-May Lok Sabha elections.

"I am not contesting the Lok Sabha elections," Kejriwal told mediapersons.

The rresponse came after a senior leader of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Yogendra Yadav, earlier in the day said he wanted to see Kejriwal as the prime minister of the country.

Kejriwal said Yadav's statement was out of love for him.

The AAP Saturday announced it would attempt to contest as many seats as possible for the general elections this year, and a final list of candidates would be released by Feb 15.


AAP to contest 'maximum' seats in most states in Lok Sabha poll

New Delhi, Jan 4 (PTI): Outlining its national ambitions, AAP today announced it will contest "maximum" number of seats in most states in upcoming Lok Sabha polls and the first list of its candidates will be out in the next 10-15 days.

However, amidst talk that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is its Prime Ministerial nominee, the party made it clear that the decision on it willbe taken after the results, senior leader Prashant Bhushan told reporters in between a two-day meeting of the National Executive of the party here.

Kejriwal and all the top leaders attended the meeting that will conclude tomorrow.

"AAP will contest Lok Sabha Elections in most states and in the maximum number of seats. We will try to declare the list of maximum candidates by mid-February or latest by the end of next month," he said.

Asked whether Kejriwal will be declared the PM candidate, he said this issue was not to be decided today.

"Arvind Kejriwal is the supreme leader of the party but we have not decided on the name of our Prime Ministerial candidate. It does not hold importance to us who will be our PM candidate," said Bhushan.

Another leader Sanjay Singh said "the first list of AAP candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections will be out in 10 to 15 days. The process which was followed during Delhi polls for selection of candidates will be followed in Lok Sabha also."

He said the party will contest elections from states where it has a reasonable structure and where it will find honest candidates.

"During the next one month, the party will hold meetings in every state to finalise the name of Lok Sabha candidates. Candidates facing criminal and corruption charges and questions on their moral character will not be given tickets," Singh added.

Singh said that like Delhi assembly elections, the party will have separate manifestos for each constituency for Lok Sabha elections.

Responding to a query on whether AAP will cut into BJP’s urban votes and damage Narendra Modi’s Prime Ministerial aspirations, Singh said the party has emerged as an alternative to Congress and BJP and it is not contesting election to "benefit" or "hurt" any party.

"Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi are not poll issues for us, we are here to eradicate the problems of the people," Singh added.

"People in rural areas are as excited about AAP as those in urban areas. There are places were people in villages are even more excited," Bhushan said.

Bhushan added that people now want an alternative to Congress and BJP and AAP is a people's movement, not just a political party.

"AAP believes that the government should run as per the wishes of the people," he added.Singh, who is part of two-member sub-committee for Lok Sabha election of the party, said there's excitement in states about the party's prospects and a large number of people want to join AAP.

The party has already invited applications for the candidates wanting to contest Lok Sabha elections.

Apart from Delhi, key party functionaries from Maharashtra, Karnataka, Haryana and Tamil Nadu are present for the national executive meeting.

Other than Kejriwal, his ministerial colleague Manish Sisodia, senior party members like Yogendra Yadav, Prashant Bhushan, Sanjay Singh, Anjali Damania and Mayank Gandhi were also present at the meet.

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  • Peter pereira, camps Corner, Mumbai

    Sun, Jan 5 2014

    Sincere request to Justice Santosh Hegde to join AAP. India needs people like you along with Mr. Arvind Kejriwal. Majority of Indians are fed up with corrupt Congress and Communal plus corrupt BJP. AAP should ensure NOT to mix up religion with Politics, should work hard to united India and peaceful co-existence of every Indian. Jai Hind. Jai AAP.

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  • KRPrabhu, Bangalore

    Sun, Jan 5 2014

    Mr.Peter Periera,Pl dont keep much hope on anybody for clean,non corrupt governance.I only hope that AAP will contest all the 28 LS seats in Karnataka to teach BJP and Congress a lesson.
    Just recall the JP movement started by Late J.P.Narayan in early 1975 wherein persons like Charan Singh,Advani,Vajpayee,Deve Gowda,Lalu Yadav,George Fernandes etc., were the fronliners and we all know what happened in later years.Among those leaders who are alive today,only Vajpayee and George Fernandes remain clean.

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  • Deepak, manglore

    Sun, Jan 5 2014

    i dont understand why people are crazy about AAP. the same people who vote for AAP will hate AAP after some time.

    curroption rokne keliye kisi party ki zarurath nahin hai.

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  • N.M, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 5 2014

    AAP is not a regular political party it reflects the aspirations and the anger of the common man. Their agenda is to cleanse the system and bring in efficiency and transparency.

    Lets take Mangalore's case , which has suffered due to bad roads, lack of footpaths, erratic water supply, poor drainage since more than 20 years. Its not because we have no money but its because our politicians have misused the tax payers money.

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  • KRPrabhu, Bangalore

    Sun, Jan 5 2014

    Every MP in the country gets nearly 100 crores in his development fund foruse in his constituency in one tenure.I read somewhere some times back that our Mangalore MP has spent nearly 90 crore from his fund got from the central govt for development in the constituency.People should seek a while paper on such expenditures undertaken in the constituency and to whom the contracts were given to know whether such developments were really taken rightly.

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  • Valerian Dsouza, Udupi/Mumbai

    Sun, Jan 5 2014

    AAP, BJP & Congress would be ABC's of Indian Politics.
    Let's be happy that AAP is bringing in desired changes as per the aspirations of common man.
    Retired Justice Santosh Hegde along with several eminent apolitical personalities have stated that AAP has brought in desired changes to the arena of Indian Politics and level playing field!
    Let's hope that AAP gets good number of MP's in the coming LOK Sabha elections.
    They are most likely to ensure that India doesn't turnout to be
    a rogue state!

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  • N.M, Mangalore

    Sun, Jan 5 2014

    AAP is not a regular political party it reflects the aspirations and the anger of the common man. Their agenda is to cleanse the system and bring in efficiency, transparency and good governance.

    For example, We Mangalorean have not had good roads, footpaths and storm water drains since 20 plus years. Why??!! Because the funds meant for development were being siphoned off by our corporators, politicians etc. We need to help AAP who in turn will help the nation to grow.

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Bangalore

    Sun, Jan 5 2014

    Good decision from AAP to contest maximum seats in the forthcoming parliament election.It may not be so easy as Delhi Assembly.Hope,they succeed in getting maximum seats.All the best.Thanq.

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  • Rehna, mangalore

    Sun, Jan 5 2014

    Sunil 28,
    AAP has not changed the voice. Whgile BJP had 32 they should had the Guts to form the Govt. Both BJP & congress were telling to the media that verdict had been given to AAP let them form the Govt. Delhi did nopt want elections again so they supported him. What our PM had said was right. If Narendra Modi becomes PM it will be a disaster Lie another Godra. JAI HO AAP

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  • radesh, vam/dxb

    Sun, Jan 5 2014

    He will lose even his CM post very soon, if he contests, so no guts ??????

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mapusa

    Sat, Jan 4 2014

    Arvind Kejriwal should contest against Narendra Modi...

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  • KRPrabhu, Bangalore

    Sun, Jan 5 2014

    Arvind should contest against Sonia Gandhi...

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  • Peter Pereira, Camps Corner, Mumbai

    Sun, Jan 5 2014

    Jossey Bhai, Kajeriwal aane ke baad, Modi ka tho hawaa bundh ho gaya hai. Isee ko kehethe hai bolthi bundh. AAP ne tho Congress ko bhi BJP ko bhi dho daala. Jai AAP.

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  • Deepak, manglore

    Sun, Jan 5 2014


    abhi patha chala na jadu marne keliye haath ki zarurath padthi hai.

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  • Dayanand Bangera, katapady / Abu Dhabi

    Sat, Jan 4 2014

    I feel another chore party into indian politics after forming govt. with the help of Congress, where in he was telling congress is the worst party and defeated Delhi CM. Chore ke sath hath means, he himself is big chor.

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  • Peter Pereira, Camps Corner, Mumbai

    Sun, Jan 5 2014

    Dayananda Bangera, he did not shake hand with BJP because BJP projected Modi as CM aspirant. Modi's hands are full of innocent blood and Mr. Kajeriwal doesn't want to shake dirty hands. Very simple. With regard to calling Kajeriwal a big chor, instead of accusing him, we should support him to clean the dirty, stinking politics of India, whether it is Congress, BJP, BSP etc. All parties are full of criminals and rogues. At least Mr. Kajeriwal has a vision and a mission for Aam Aadmi. Jai AAP.

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  • Wilson Dsouza, Dubai

    Sat, Jan 4 2014

    Good decision by AAP..lets change Delhi first....then automatically full Indian will demand your government ...

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  • Praveen Kumaresh, Bengaluru

    Sat, Jan 4 2014

    Indian Democracy is not matured, and Indian Voters are also not yet matured. Educated voters of City may vote for AAP. But illiterate & Semi-literate voters of Cities and also Villagers will vote only if they get Saarayi,Sari, & Cash. AAP does not have that much fund to bribe voters. So, they should concentrate only on big City constituencies and contest from such constituencies where educated voters are concentrating.

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  • sujith polali, mangalore

    Sat, Jan 4 2014

    if APP has real concern on common man they should not join their hands with the most corrupted part congress , it seems to APP is the B team of congress pepole will defintley reject you

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  • sunil, q8

    Sat, Jan 4 2014

    aap... dnt be excited . long way to go. so just won delhi election on sympathy ground. people now realise..after taking oath in delhi assembly, amr kejerwala..changed his earlier voice ON BEHALF OF CONGISSS..????????????
    SO now people will think twice b4 voting AAP......

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  • A.P., Mlore

    Sat, Jan 4 2014

    Sunil quarter
    If kejriwala wanted he could have gone for re election and swiped the polls.
    He is an Am,admi and would not like to tax the nation with another poll,same way the congress is not ruling in Delhi he is.
    Now what's your problem ?

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  • flavian dsouza, chik/banaglore

    Sat, Jan 4 2014

    please do so at least we will see a new breed of politicians which we need desperately .

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