Arvind Kejriwal to drop out from Lok Sabha elections, focus on Delhi

‘The AAP will contest on all the Lok Sabha seats in Delhi, Punjab, Haryanaand Goa,’ says AAP spokesperson
Sanjay Singh.

New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party said on Sunday that its convener and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal will not be contesting from Varanasi in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, but the party will field a strong candidate for the seat.

“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 and Goa. The party will contest on some seats in UP, and final modalities will be worked out by February. Apart from Varanasi, the party will contest from seats in eastern and western UP, where the organisation is strong,” AAP spokesperson and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh told PTI over the phone.

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Singh said that in Delhi, his party is working on education, health, farmers, power and providing drinking water. “If we foray into national politics, then our issues will be education for all, free education toeconomically weaker sections of the society, ending unemployment and implementing the recommendations ofthe Swaminathan Commission,” said Singh.

On a recent statement made by Kejriwal to not vote for the Congress in the coming Lok Sabha elections, Singh said that Kejriwal was “quoted out of context”. Singh added, “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.”

(With inputs from PTI)