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AAP not ready to contest Lok Sabha polls, public our driving force: Kejriwal

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  New Delhi, February 16, 2014
First Published: 20:10 IST(16/2/2014) | Last Updated: 20:24 IST(16/2/2014)

A day after he quit as the chief minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal told CNN-IBN the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) was not ready to fight the Lok Sabha elections. He, however, said it was the strong will of the public that drove his party to enter the poll fray.

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"We are not ready for the elections. The public, however, is ready. They backed us in Delhi assembly elections when we did not have resources. Now, the people will stand united and fight the Lok Sabha polls for us," Kejriwal said in an interview to the TV channel.

Kejriwal said he was still undecided about contesting the Lok Sabha elections. "I am not sure if I will contest the Lok Sabha elections. I don't have any national ambition. I do not wish to become the Prime Minister," he said.

The AAP convener defended his resignation, saying his party was determined to fight corruption and his move was not aimed at merely gaining popularity ahead of the polls.

Kejriwal, who resigned after being in power for 49 days, also said the tabling of the jan lokpal bill by his government was not unconstitutional. He accused the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party of conspiring against him and said the AAP never had any nexus with either of the two parties.

In the line of fire for stepping down after failing to introduce his party's showpiece jan lokpal bill in the Delhi assembly, Kejriwal said, "I wasn't in a hurry to resign. It was a message to the voters that we wanted to keep the corrupt out."

Kejriwal pointed out the AAP government had given people the hope and the belief which had been missing in the country. "If a country stops dreaming, it cannot proceed," he said, when asked by IBN7 if he was a "merchant of dreams".

The former Delhi CM added his government in the Capital had achieved a lot in its short stint, asserting corrupt bureaucrats were now reeling under the fear of being penalised.

Confident of his barely-17-month-old party's political future, Kejriwal said the AAP's popularity among the middle-class had increased. "We will get 50 seats (of the 70) in Delhi whenever the (assembly) elections are held."


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