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Lok Sabha elections 2019: AAP plans mega rally in West Delhi on March 23

The announcement came after Rai held a meeting with Jakhar and AAP MLAs from the 10 assembly constituencies within the west Delhi Lok Sabha seat.

lok-sabha-elections Updated: Mar 19, 2019 08:45 IST
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A day after the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) announced Balbir Singh Jakhar as its west Delhi candidate, the party’s city unit convener Gopal Rai declared that a mega rally would be held in the constituency on March 23. (Photo by Sonu Mehta/ Hindustan Times)
A day after the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) announced Balbir Singh Jakhar as its west Delhi candidate, the party’s city unit convener Gopal Rai declared that a mega rally would be held in the constituency on March 23. (Photo by Sonu Mehta/ Hindustan Times)(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
         

A day after the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) announced Balbir Singh Jakhar as its west Delhi candidate, the party’s city unit convener Gopal Rai declared that a mega rally would be held in the constituency on March 23.

The announcement came after Rai held a meeting with Jakhar and AAP MLAs from the 10 assembly constituencies within the west Delhi Lok Sabha seat.

“AAP will launch an intensive campaign in west Delhi constituency with a rally on Saturday. The event is aimed at introducing Jakhar to all voters in the area,” said Rai, who has been assigned to lead the rally.

AAP is the first major political party in Delhi to announce its candidates. Apart from Jakhar, the party has fielded Atishi (East Delhi), Dilip Pandey (North East Delhi), Raghav Chadha (South Delhi), Gugan Singh (North West Delhi) and Pankaj Gupta (Chandni Chowk) for the Lok Sabha elections.

While all other faces held national or state-level positions in the party, Singh and Jakhar didn’t. Singh, a former BJP Delhi legislator, joined AAP in 2017.

The BJP and Congress have not yet declared their candidates in Delhi, which is scheduled to polls on May 12.

In anticipation of an alliance with the Congress, AAP, for a long time, had not declared its candidate for the west Delhi seat. The party’s announcement came at a time when buzz about a possible alliance intensified again.

Refraining from speaking on a possible tie-up, Rai said on Monday the party would look into it only after the Congress makes an official announcement.

Senior Congress leader PC Chacko, AICC’s Delhi in-charge, had said the results of a survey conducted among the booth-level workers of the party, on whether to ally with AAP or not, had been sent to Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who will take a final call within the next two-three days.

First Published: Mar 19, 2019 05:39 IST

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