Uttar Pradesh Assembly Polls AAP contest all seats no alliance Sanjay Singh statement


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‘AAP’ will fight on all the seats in the UP assembly elections, no talks for an alliance: Sanjay Singh

Asserting that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will contest all the 403 assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh, senior party leader Sanjay Singh has said that it would be wrong to take AAP lightly as it has emerged victorious in the recent panchayat elections. had emerged as “stronger” than the Congress. . Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP has made it clear that it is not in talks with any other party for an alliance in the UP assembly elections due early next year.

Singh said, “Our party is stronger than the Congress in the state. While the Congress won 40 seats in the panchayat elections, we won 83 panchayats. AAP got more than 40 lakh votes in these elections. San, where 1600 candidates of the party contested the election.” AAP is in charge of UP, told PTI in an interview.

In the 2017 elections to the 403-member UP assembly, the Congress was reduced to seven seats.

The AAP had earlier tested the electoral waters in the 2014 and 2019 parliamentary elections in some select seats of UP without any success.

After coming to power in Delhi, it emerged as the main opposition party in Punjab and is trying to expand its base in other states like Goa, Uttarakhand and Gujarat.

Delhi Chief Minister Kejriwal himself contested from Varanasi in 2014 against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and came second to Congress and Samajwadi Party candidates.

AAP also contested three seats in UP from Saharanpur, Aligarh and Gautam Budh Nagar but could not do much.

“We are preparing to contest all 403 seats alone. We are not currently in talks for an alliance with any other party. Our focus is on strengthening our base in the state and in the last one and a half months We are all set. One crore members,” Singh said.

“The party has made assembly in-charges on 100-150 seats and our leaders are meeting those who want to contest,” said 49-year-old Singh, who hails from Uttar Pradesh’s Sultanpur.

Singh, who is a Rajya Sabha member, said the main issue raised by AAP in the assembly elections would be “BJP’s nationalism versus AAP’s nationalism”.

He said, “BJP’s nationalism is fake. Its nationalism is full of hatred and communalism. At the same time, AAP’s nationalism provides good education, good health, free electricity, free water, women’s safety and prosperity. has been,” he said. Targeting the BJP, he claimed that it was ‘afraid’ of AAP’s model of governance and was involved in revenge politics.

He said, “16 cases including sedition were registered against me. I got a stay from the Supreme Court in one case of sedition. BJP is doing revenge politics. They closed our office here. We are facing them hard.”

“AAP’s model of governance focuses on education, health, education and providing basic amenities to the poor and needs. Our model is a response to the caste and communal politics being played by the BJP,” Singh said.

He said that jobs, unemployment benefits and giving better prices to farmers are among the issues that the party will take up.

The result of the UP assembly elections is considered important as it will reflect on the 2024 general elections. The opposition sees an opportunity against the BJP in the bellwether state, especially due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

While the SP and the BSP have already started their campaign to woo various communities, the Congress is leaving no stone unturned to revive the party at the grassroots level under the leadership of its general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.

Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM, AAP and more than a dozen smaller caste-centric regional parties have also announced they are entering the ring in the politically important state.

Singh said he would highlight the ‘failures’ of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath during the last four-and-a-half years.

“We are exposing them at ground level. This government has made every village a ‘crematorium’ as promised during the elections. In Corona epidemic, every village has become a ‘crematorium’ and people are dying without treatment and due to lack of medicines. Gone.” He charged.

“Government has failed to control crime and criminal activities. Incidents like Hawthorns and others have exposed huge demands on law and order.
Scams abound and even the Kumbh and Ram temples have not been spared from scammers,” he alleged.

Under BJP rule, the state has gone “backward” as they have “no concept of development”, he said, adding that there will be no economic boost without increasing the “purchasing power” of the people.

On the presence of Asaduddin Owaisi in AIMIM and other smaller party fronts in the UP elections, Singh said, “Everyone has the right to contest in a democracy.”

Kejriwal, who entered politics after making headlines during Gandhian Anna Hazare’s agitation for a Lokpal law, is also leading the party’s campaign in the neighboring state of Uttarakhand, where AAP is projecting itself as an alternative to the BJP and Congress. .

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