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Aam Aadmi Party to contest all Lok Sabha seats in Punjab: Delhi legislator
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today said it will contest on all Lok Sabha seats in Punjab, and is hunting for suitable candidates.
However, AAP ruled out alliance with Manpreet Badal-led People’s Party of Punjab (PPP) for the upcoming elections.
“We are contesting on all (13) Lok Sabha seats in Punjab, but search is still on for suitable candidates,” Vishesh Ravi, AAP MLA from Karol Bagh (Delhi) told reporters in Ludhiana today.
Asked about tie-ups with PPP, he said, “In the coming Lok Sabha polls, we do not think if there is any possibility of an alliance with PPP in Punjab.”
The estranged nephew of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Manpreet had many times hinted at striking an alliance with AAP by terming both parties as “twins” with “identical ideology”.
On Jan Lokpal Bill issue, Mr Ravi accused the Centre of “unnecessarily” interfering in the matter.
“The Central government is interfering in the matter without any reason. The Jan Lokpal Bill has been prepared keeping in view aspirations and demands of people of Delhi and thus, if Central government has any issues, the gates of court are always open for them,” he said.
The AAP legislator said his party, since its inception, was not against any political party but was concerned with issues affecting the common man.
“We are not fighting with any party. No one is our enemy.
Our problem is with the way governments are working in this country,” he said.
Meanwhile, the police detained Rakesh Kapoor, a Shiv Sena Punjab leader, as a preventive measure, claiming that they had information of possible attack by Punjab Shiv Sena workers at the venue of AAP MLA’s press conference.