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AAP's first list of Lok Sabha polls candidates in 10-15 days

PTI  New Delhi, January 04, 2014
First Published: 11:47 IST(4/1/2014) | Last Updated: 16:07 IST(4/1/2014)

After its success in the Delhi assembly polls, the Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) national executive is meeting in New Delhi on Saturday to decide its strategy for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

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Before going into the meeting, AAP leader and Delhi chief minister Kejriwal said apart from the upcoming general elections, all issues related to the party will also be discussed in the meeting.

However, there will be no discussions with regard to the names of the candidates for the polls, he said.

Speaking to reporters, senior AAP leader Yogendra Yadav said the country must have better options than Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi for the Prime Minister's post.

Asked if he would like to see Kejriwal as the Prime Minister he said, "We have again and again said that Rahul and Modi's fight (for the post) is unfortunate. The country must have better options than this."

"But are we in the position (to say that Kejriwal should occupy the post). We will have to discuss that. My dream is to see Kejriwal as the Prime Minister. He is capable of it but in politics one has to see... strength and where we stand," he said.

Yadav said, "It is the first meeting of the national executive which is our highest decision-making body of the party so the idea would be to review what we did in Delhi and to plan for the Lok Sabha elections, to have a national perspective.

"There are also some organisation matters to be settled," Yadav said.

AAP leader Sanjay Singh said the first list of party candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections should be out in 10 to 15 days.

AAP has already decided to fight all the seats in Gujarat and will also contest in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

Apart from party leaders in Delhi, key functionaries from Maharashtra, Karnataka, Haryana and Tamil Nadu are present at the meeting.

Kejriwal's ministerial colleague Manish Sisodia, Anjali Damania and Mayank Gandhi are also attending the meeting.

The 23-member AAP national executive is meeting at the Constitution Club in New Delhi.

AAP had bagged 28 out of 70 seats in the just-held Delhi assembly elections, riding on its main plank of fighting against corruption and price rise.


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