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AAP to contest all 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab, selection of candidates soon

punjab Updated: Jan 10, 2014 20:35 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times

Stating that Aam Admi Party (AAP) would contest all the 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab, one of the architects of the party and core committee member Sanjay Singh said that the party would not go in for an alliance with any party and that the process of selection of candidates would begin soon.

"AAP has received tremendous response in Punjab and thousands of people have enrolled themselves with the party and candidates with clean image would be fielded on all 13 Lok Sabha seats in the state," Singh told reporters here on Friday.

"Screening committees at the district unit levels would be constituted soon to select possible candidates for the election," he said, adding that 3Cs (crime, corruption and character) would be the key criteria before selecting the candidates of AAP.

Asked about the possibility of an alliance with People's Party of Punjab (PPP), headed by former finance minister Manpreet Badal, especially after the recent meeting of Manpreet with him (Sanjay Singh), he said there was no any possibility of an alliance but preferred to keep mum on the merger of PPP with AAP.

Accompanied by renowned Advocate HS Phoolka, who recently joined AAP, Singh said that drug-abuse, high power tariff, deteriorating law & order, property tax and low minimum support price (MSP) of crops included the issues to be highlighted by the party.

"We will fight against both the SAD-BJP combine and the Congress in the state as both of them are two sides of the same coin, as far as corruption is concerned," he added.

On the alleged involvement of Punjab minister Bikram Singh Majithia in the drug racket as revealed by the arrested drug kingpin Jagdish Bhola, Singh demanded a time-bound judicial probe under regular monitoring by the court.

"We don't believe in investigation by CBI, as the central agency's role in corruption allegations against RJD leader Lalu Parsad Yadav has exposed partiality," Singh added.

Earlier, addressing a huge gathering of AAP workers in the Desh Bhagat Yadgar Hall, Singh openly accused BJP of attacking the office of AAP in Delhi and said that such attacks showed the frustration of the saffron party. However, they would lead to strengthening of the AAP, he added.

On the party performance in Delhi elections, Singh said, "Some TV channels predicted six seats, some gave 15 or 16 seats to AAP, but all such projections proved false as AAP bagged 28 seats and formed the government."

"The same would happen in the Lok Sabha polls too, and it will not be surprising if AAP gets majority of seats to form a stable government at the centre," he said.

Former DGP Shashi Kant may join AAP

Former DGP Shashi Kant, who had started a war against drug-abuse in Punjab and openly alleged involvement of politicians in the drug racket, is all set to join AAP.

"This morning Shashi Kant called me up and I will meet him in the evening and a decision of his joining the AAP will be taken after that," Singh told HT.