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HindustanTimes Thu,25 Dec 2014

Arvind Kejriwal won’t go for alliances ahead of LS elections

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, January 03, 2014
First Published: 00:38 IST(3/1/2014) | Last Updated: 15:18 IST(5/1/2014)

The Aam Aadmi Party will not tie-up with any big party or coalition ahead of the Lok Sabha polls as it doesn’t want to dilute its anti-corruption plank that has been pivotal to its rise, party leaders have indicated.

Buoyed by the enthusiastic response it is getting from different parts of the country, particularly in big cities, the party’s national executive is meeting on Saturday to discuss its strategy for the Lok Sabha elections.  

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Despite a positive change in the stand of many parties towards the one-year-old AAP after its stunning poll debut in the Capital, party leaders are not inclined to join hands with any of the big parties or the so-called anti-Congress anti-BJP groupings.

Read: AAP govt wins trust vote in Delhi assembly

“The problem with the majority of regional parties is that their leaders are facing serious charges of corruption, and our anti-communal and progressive agenda does not match with the established parties,” a senior AAP leader told HT on condition of anonymity.

The AAP leadership is also of the view that that the support the party is getting for its unconventional politics –- be it campaigning or forming the government in Delhi -- cannot be frittered away for short-term poll gains.

The party, however, does not rule out an understanding with smaller groups such as the Lok Sabha MP Raju Shetti’s party in Maharashtra and Lok Satta of former IAS officer Jayprakash Narayan in Andhra Pradesh.

Read: Cong assures AAP of support, BJP questions their alliance

Senior AAP leaders Yogendra Yadav and Sanjay Singh have been assigned the responsibility of assessing the party’s chances in the Lok Sabha polls.    

Based on initial inputs from its state units, apart from the seven Delhi Lok Sabha seats, the AAP is looking at the National Capital Region, Haryana, Rajasthan and Maharashtra as its primary areas.

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