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AAP fields Jaaved Jaaferi from Lucknow; Kejriwal says AAP gaining in Varanasi
NEW DELHI/GHAZIABAD: Film actor Jaaved Jaaferi will be the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) candidate in Lucknow against BJP chief Rajnath Singh as the party on Monday announced its 13th list of candidates for 22 Lok Sabha constituencies.
The party named seven candidates for Bihar, three each for Jharkhand and Gujarat, five in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh and one each in Chattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.
Riturajbhai Maheta will be the party’s candidate against BJP’s senior leader LK Advani from Gandhinagar seat in Gujarat.
In Bihar, Anwar Alam will contest from Madhepura constituency, a seat represented by Janata Dal (United) Chief Sharad Yadav. The Congress-RJD combine has fielded local warhorse Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav from the constituency.
With this list, the total number of candidates declared by AAP so has gone up to 407.
‘Tide turning in favour of AAP in Varanasi’
Accusing BJP-Congress collusion for his resignation as Delhi chief minister, Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said he did not “flee” from his responsibilities and it required a “lot of guts” to give up the post.
Kejriwal, who is contesting against BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi for the Varanasi Lok Sabha seat, during a meeting with his volunteers said his party’s decision to contest against “shahenshahs” (emperors) of BJP and Congress was to finish off these political outfits.
AAP candidate Kumar Vishwas is fighting against Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi in Amethi.
“These two are ‘shahenshahs’ of the two parties. If they are defeated, their respective parties would be split into pieces. That is why it is imperative to defeat them in the election.”
“If Kumar Vishwas can defeat Rahul Gandhi, then Congress will be finished. It is because of the Gandhi family, Congress is united today. And, if we can defeat Modi from Varanasi, BJP will be finished. Thus, this election has the potential to be the turning point in the history of the country,” said Kejriwal, who came back from Varanasi last week.
He also claimed that the tide has turned in AAP’s favour in the temple town after his visit during which he interacted with various communities including Muslims, weavers and students.
Reacting to allegations that he shrugged his responsibilities as Delhi chief minister, Kejriwal said: “I never flee. They have fled. It takes a lot of guts, honesty to quit from the CM’s position.
“When I saw they were colluding and were not allowing the government to function, I quit. Will a BJP sarpanch do that ever?”
The AAP chief also alleged that both BJP and Congress were responsible for price rise and if either of them were voted to power they will continue to increase prices as they were hand in glove with some business houses.