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AAP to contest on all seats from Punjab in Lok Sabha elections; another blow for INDIA Block

Adding to the challenges faced by the opposition bloc in India, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) announced on Saturday its intention to select candidates for all 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab and one in Chandigarh. AAP convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal stated that the names of the candidates would be revealed within “10-15 days”.

Speaking at a rally, Kejriwal said: “For Lok Sabha elections, Punjab has 13 seats and one from Chandigarh – a total of 14 seats.

“Two years back, you gave us blessings. You gave 92 out of 117 seats to us (in Assembly elections), you created history in Punjab. I have come to you with folded hands, asking for one more blessing. Lok Sabha elections will be held in two months. For Lok Sabha elections, Punjab has 13 seats and one from Chandigarh – a total of 14 seats. In the next 10-15 days, AAP will declare its candidates in all of these 14 seats. You have to make AAP sweep all these 14 seats with a majority,” he said at an event on Saturday.

Last month, Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann had said his party will contest all 13 seats in Punjab.

AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal Announced to go solo in Punjab While addressing a rally.

The remarks suggest that the ongoing talks between AAP and the Congress over seat sharing haven’t made progress.

The two parties, traditionally bitter rivals in Punjab and Delhi, had contested the Chandigarh mayoral elections together last month, indicating that they could extend the alliance to the Lok Sabha elections. However, Kejriwal’s remark indicates that the two parties may face the BJP and SAD in Punjab in a quadrilateral electoral competition.

Reacting to the announcement, BJP national spokesperson Shehzad Poonawalla said the INDIA bloc is crumbling.

“One more blow to the INDI alliance…Arvind Kejriwal has announced today that the AAP will contest alone on 13 seats in Punjab and one seat in Chandigarh. It means the INDI Alliance will not contest there, there won’t be an alliance there…The structure of the INDI Alliance is crumbling…No mission, no vision, only commission, only corruption, only confusion, only contradiction. Rahul Gandhi’s Nyay Yatra is strange. It is more of ‘bye bye yatra’ than a Nyay Yatra. He should have taken out ‘INDIĀ jodo yatra‘ instead,” he said.

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