People want relief from ‘autocratic’ BJP; in Lok Sabha polls, AAP will defeat it in Delhi: Gopal Rai

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New Delhi | Published: December 11, 2018 9:26:19 PM

AAP leaders huddled at party convener and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal's residence on Tuesday evening to discuss the emerging political scenario.

Lok Sabha, Lok Sabha elections, Lok Sabha polls, Assembly elections, AAP, Delhi, Gopal Rai, India newsSenior party leader Gopal Rai. (PTI)

The Aam Aadmi Party Tuesday said Assembly poll trends in five states show people want to get rid of an “autocratic” BJP government at the Centre, and announced it will launch from December 14 a door-to-door campaign to defeat the saffron party here in the Lok Sabha polls next year. AAP leaders huddled at party convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence Tuesday evening to discuss emerging political scenario and preparations for the Lok Sabha elections, as trends showed electoral reverses for the BJP in Chhatisgarh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh and gains for the Congress.

The AAP, however, ducked questions on possibility of an alliance with the Congress. “We will start campaigning on all the seven Lok Sabha constituencies in Delhi from December 14. In view of these results, I believe that people will support the AAP and we will defeat the BJP,” senior party leader Gopal Rai said when asked about alliance with the Congress.

“The AAP believes the process of BJP’s defeat has begun and people want relief from its autocracy,” Rai said. The Assembly election results in the five states show that people are favouring locally strong parties to defeat the BJP, he claimed. “The AAP will accomplish this task in Delhi by defeating the BJP in Lok Sabha elections next year,” he said. AAP’s own performance in Rajasthan, Chhatisgarh and Madhya Pradesh was lacklustre as it could gather votes fewer than ‘none of the above’ (NOTA) votes.

“The AAP was contesting elections in the three states with an aim of organisation expansion. The results only show that people have sided with those who can defeat the BJP,” Rai said about his party performance. Under the party’s campaign for Lok Sabha elections, centres will be set up at all polling stations across Delhi. Teams of volunteers will campaign door-to-door spreading the message that despite “EVM manipulations” the BJP can be defeated with support of the people, he said. Rai, the convener of the Delhi unit of the AAP, said candidates for the Lok Sabha seats in Delhi will be announced soon.

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