New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Saturday announced the names of six of the seven Lok Sabha constituencies in the national capital. The party ruled out any alliance with the Congress.
"EC will soon announce elections and enforce the model code of conduct. There is little time left for the election now, which is why we have decided to declare our candidates," Gopal Rai, AAP Delhi convener and Cabinet minister, said while addressing a press conference.
On Saturday, the party announced AAP national secretary Pankaj Gupta as the party's candidate from Chandni Chowk, former AAP Delhi convener Dilip Pandey from North East Delhi, AAP political affairs committee member (PAC) Atishi from East Delhi, AAP national spokesperson and PAC member Raghav Chadha from South Delhi. Former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lawmaker from Bawana, who joined the AAP in 2017, has been chosen to contest from North West Delhi, while Delhi trade wing convener Brijesh Goyal will contest from the New Delhi constituency.
The leaders were chosen by the party last year and appointed as in-charges for Lok Sabha constituencies. The party is yet to shortlist a candidate for West Delhi.
The AAP contested national elections for the first time in 2014 where they managed to win four seats in Punjab. The party is currently in power in Delhi where it came to power after winning 67 out of 70 Assembly seats in 2015.
The poll panel is yet to announce the dates for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. According to senior party leaders, the names have been announced in advance so leaders can start working on their campaigns. The announcement also rules out any alliances for the party in Delhi.
"Recently, after the Mahagathbandhan rally during a meeting at Sharad Pawar's residence, Congress President Rahul Gandhi refused to get into any electoral understanding. Yesterday, Delhi Congress President Sheila Dikshit also declared there was no possibility of an alliance," Rai said.
Addressing an Opposition meeting in New Delhi last month, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had said that opposition parties need to unite to defeat the BJP.