Punjab AAP against alliance with Cong for 2019 polls

Wednesday 09th January 2019 01:59 EST

NEW DELHI: A group of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders and workers from Punjab have expressed concern over the possibility of an alliance with Congress for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls at a meeting with party's national convener Arvind Kejriwal. In a four-hour meeting of the Political Affairs Committee (PAC) of the party held at Kejriwal's home in New Delhi, the party's Punjab unit showed reservations about joining hands with the Rahul Gandhi-led Congress. Senior party leader Gopal Rai told reporters that the PAC will consider the opinion of party leaders and workers from Punjab, Haryana and Delhi in a meeting after January 5.

AAP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh said, “As of now, we have no alliance with any party. We are not saying anything on the future plans of the party.” The National Council of the AAP had in its meeting last week decided to contest all 33 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab, Delhi, Haryana, Goa, and Chandigarh. It is, however, still undecided over any pre-poll alliance with the Congress or the Mahagathbandhan of different non-BJP parties. Rai said, “In the meeting with Kejriwal, some persons pointed out AAP was the main opposition in Punjab where Congress is the ruling party, which has failed to fulfil its promises, so it will be difficult to contest the elections.”

Rai said Punjab AAP unit's core committee has been asked to shortlist the names of candidates on five seats in the state. The booth-level organisation in Punjab will be strengthened under the stewardship of block-in-charges till January 30.

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