At least 15 states on AAP radar for LS elections

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Updated: Jan 6 2014, 08:33am hrs
In a bid to cash in on its popularity after its Delhi success, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will launch a national campaign to enrol new members from January10, even as it ruled out contesting all 545 seats in the country.

The party has decided to contest seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi and all 10 seats in Haryana along with all the 90 assembly seats in the state, should polls be advanced there or held on normal schedule.

At the end of the AAP's two-day national executive meeting, senior party leader Yogendra Yadav said on Sunday that the party has decided to field maximum number of candidates in Lok Sabha, but ruled out contesting in all 545 constituencies.

Though it is sure that we will contest election from a large number of seats, at present we are not sure that we will contest from all 545 seats. We hope to contest from at least 15-20 states, Yadav said after a party meeting for general elections.

Yadav said the first list of candidates will be announced by January 20 following a rigorous screening process and maintained that candidates with allegations of corruption and facing criminal charges will not be given party tickets.

Yadav said the party will contest the Lok Sabha elections under Arvind Kejriwal's leadership.