AAP to play ‘king-shaker’, aims to bag 125 LS seats

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Party hopes for a wave to push it to third slot

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) plans to contest more than 300 seats in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections and is confidant of winning more than 125 of them, “provided there is a wave in its favour and honest and upright candidates are fielded in the rural constituencies.”

Under normal circumstances, AAP is confident of winning more than 50 seats, highly-placed party sources said. “The way things are going, we are bound to win more than 50 seats. This we have calculated by going into the minutest details of the seats, our likely candidates and the present Parliamentarians of these constituencies.”

AAP’s political affairs committee feels that if things go in ‘its favour’, it is “bound to emerge as the third largest party” in the May general elections.

“If we are able to field honest candidates in rural constituencies and there is a wave in our favour, no one is going to stop us from becoming the third largest party. The first two slots will definitely be occupied by the Congress and the BJP,” a PAC member said.

A top AAP leader said that the party had almost finalised a list of 100 candidates. “We will announce these names from January 15 onwards. I am hopeful that we may be able to announce a list of 100 candidates by January 20.”

Sources said the party leadership had issued strict instructions to its team scrutinising the candidates that they should ensure that not a single person having criminal or corruption-related cases was selected. “Once the team scrutinises the candidates, the final call will taken by the PAC.”

A senior leader said the party had also taken a decision that it would not enter any pre-poll alliance with any regional party. “We want to go to these polls on our own. We know that Delhi’s magic is bound to have an impact in the coming Lok Sabha elections.”

Asked whether the party had conducted any pre-poll survey on the Lok Sabha elections, a senior leader said, “We have not done any survey so far. Our assessment is based on the feedback we are getting from our workers and general public.”

Another senior party leader said AAP would neither extend nor accept any support from either the Congress or the BJP. Asked whether AAP was going to play the role of a ‘kingmaker’, he said, “We will definitely be king-shakers in the Indian politics.”

Asked what would be the focus of the party’s election manifesto, he said, “It will talk about how we are going to free India from corruption, and how honesty and politics can coexist.” The party is expected to announce it manifesto by March.

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