AAP changes previous stand, will contest Lok Sabha polls in Maharashtra

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MUMBAI: The Aam Aadmi party's state chief Brigadier (retired) Sudhir Sawant said that the party will contest Lok Sabha polls in Maharashtra and would also seek alliances with regional parties. 

 

According to the report, the party's formula on seat-sharing would be finalised by February 15.

"We will fight all seats in Mumbai and on a few seats in the rest of Maharashtra after forging an alliance with like minded parties. We are working on a seat-sharing formula and it will be finalised by February 15," Sawant said

“AAP would campaign in the state on the ‘Delhi development model’. The party's government in Delhi had focused in a major way on the education and health sectors”, he added.

"We are not desperate to fight the election, but will definitely fight in those seats where we can play a role in defeating BJP candidates. Our main objective is to stop BJP from winning," he stated.

Sawant also informed that Independent MLA from Achalpur, Bacchu Kadu, would be entering into an alliance with the AAP.

On January 21, the AAP had announced, it would contest Lok Sabha polls only in Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and Goa not in Maharashtra.

"As of now, we are not contesting any seat in Maharashtra, but the party may take a view on a few seats if we feel it will help defeat the BJP," AAP's national spokesperson Preeti Sharma Menon had said.

“The party wants to save democracy from the clutches of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah. So we will devote all our strength on the seats where we are certain we can defeat them," she added.

Earlier, the party had drawn a blank in the state in the 2014 general elections.

Dissident AAP leader Ravi Srivastava, who was one of its founder members, had said the party's position in Maharashtra was quite "weak", so it was a wise decision not to contest the Lok Sabha polls in the state.

"The AAP fared very badly in the recent Assembly polls in Hindi heartland states. So, it is a wise decision," he had said.

Since the last two years, AAP has suffered a setback in Maharashtra after its prominent leaders like Mayank Gandhi and Anjali Damania left the party. Its state executive committee was also disbanded sometime back.

 

With inputs from PTI

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