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Haryana: AAP not to contest assembly polls in state

Vishal Joshi, Hindustan Times  Karnal, July 23, 2014
First Published: 11:42 IST(23/7/2014) | Last Updated: 11:44 IST(23/7/2014)

The state executive of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday decided not to contest forthcoming assembly elections in Haryana.

At a stormy meeting of AAP held here under the chairmanship of party’s central leader Yogendra Yadav, AAP’s national convener Arvind Kejriwal’s view to focus only on the Delhi assembly elections was criticised.

Meanwhile, AAP’s chief spokesman Rajiv Godara said that in a feedback campaign conducted by the party at the district level, 95% of the grassroot workers were in favour of contesting the polls.

“Leaders at the national and state executive also want to contest assembly elections in Haryana but Kejriwal had aired his views that he wanted to concentrate on Delhi polls,” said Godara, while clarifying that the state executive had to take the decision “with a heavy heart”.

Sources in the AAP, who attended today’s meeting, told Hindustan Times that several senior leaders had strong views against Kejriwal’s political obsession with Delhi.

A senior leader, who wished not to be identified, said that the decision would be a political suicide for AAP in Haryana.

“What is the point in floating a political party if it stays away from electoral politics? Role of the central leadership is condemnable for ignoring the sentiments of the people,” he said.

Addressing a joint press conference senior party leader Yogendra Yadav admitted the party had to introspect on the fallout of the decision of not contesting elections in Haryana and other states.

“But popular mandate of workers is not the only requirement for contesting elections,” said Yadav.

Yadav said that the party had also decided not to contest assembly elections in Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Jammu Kashmir.

AAP leader Yogendra Yadav said that formation of Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (HSGMC) was the constitutional right of Haryana government.

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