Aam Aadmi Party will Contest over 350 Lok Sabha Seats

By on January 31, 2014

The Aam Aadmi Party on Thursday said it would contest over 350 Lok Sabha seats and vowed to take on tainted candidates and political leaders who have become “symbols” of corruption and criminalization of politics. India’s lower house of Parliament has 543 elected seats and two nominated ones.

The fledgling party, which made a stunning debut in the recent Delhi assembly polls, said it would contest elections against 14 union ministers as well as Andimuthu Raja, the former telecom minister at the center of the alleged $40 billion 2G spectrum scam.

“We have received reports from our state conveners and looking at the response from different seats, it has been decided that the Aam Aadmi Party will contest more than 350 seats in the Lok Sabha elections,” Sanjay Singh, a member of the party’s Political Affairs Committee, told reporters.

He was briefing reporters on the issues discussed at the party’s National Executive Committee meeting here. The meeting, the second in a month, assumes significance as the party discussed strategies ahead of Lok Sabha election.

The party will also make “corruption” and “criminalization of politics” as major issues.

“Corruption and criminalization of politics are two broader issues on which the party will fight the Lok Sabha elections. The party will field candidates against leaders in different parties, who have become symbols of corruption and criminalization of politics,” Singh said.

“There are 162 MPs with criminal cases registered against them. Of these, 73 MPs have cases related to heinous crimes. The party will try to field candidates against them,” he added.

When asked whether the party would field candidates against ministers like Raja, he said the party would contest elections against 15 ministers “against whom there were serious charges and the former union minister is one of them.”

Singh said issues discussed at the NEC meeting on Thursday would be placed before the party’s National Council, which is to meet on Friday, for ratification. Issues related to amendments in the party constitution will also be discussed in the national council meeting, party leader Gopal Rai said.

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