The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Saturday announced that his party will be contesting in all 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab and one in Chandigarh alone and not as part of the opposition’s INDIA bloc in the state.
The AAP convenor said the party will announce candidates for these seats in the next 10-15 days. The announcement was made while Kejriwal was addressing a gathering organised for the “doorstep delivery” of ration under the National Food Security Act of the Punjab government.
“Two years back, you gave your blessings. Out of 117 seats, you gave us 92 seats. You created history in Punjab. Today I again seek your blessing with folded hands. There will be Lok Sabha elections after two months. In Punjab there are 13 (Lok Sabha) seats, one is Chandigarh and there will be 14 seats,” PTI quoted Kejriwal as saying.
Hitting out at the opposition parties, including Congress, which is one of its allies in the INDIA bloc, Kejriwal asked people if Congress or Akali Dal has done any good work ever since they took over power in Punjab.
“If I ask you today, in 75 years, the Congress ruled for so many years. Tell me one good work the Congress has done. (You) will not remember. If I ask you, Akali Dal ruled for so many years, tell me one good work the Akali Dal has done. (You) will not remember,” said Kejriwal as he attacked the rival parties.
The Delhi chief minister praised also the Bhagwant Mann government, saying it did a “lot of work” in the past two years.
Earlier on Friday, Kejriwal hit out at the BJP-led Centre, accusing it of waging a war against state governments led by opposition parties and warning it against arrogance.
The chief minister took part in a protest against the Union government held at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar by leaders and lawmakers of Kerala’s Left Democratic Front, led by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.