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Lok Sabha elections 2019: After Delhi-specific manifesto, AAP to focus on each seat

AAP’s Delhi unit convener Gopal Rai, in the party’s first press conference after all Delhi candidates filed their nomination papers, said after April 25, the AAP will launch the third phase of its campaign.

lok-sabha-elections Updated: Apr 24, 2019 05:19 IST
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The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Tuesday said it will release its manifesto for the Lok Sabha elections on April 25.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Tuesday said it will release its manifesto for the Lok Sabha elections on April 25.(Vipin KUmar/HT PHOTO)
         

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Tuesday said it will release its manifesto for the Lok Sabha elections on April 25. All seven candidates will also release constituency-specific manifestos from May 1.

AAP’s Delhi unit convener Gopal Rai, in the party’s first press conference after all Delhi candidates filed their nomination papers, said after April 25, the AAP will launch the third phase of its campaign.

“West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu are likely to be AAP’s star campaigners apart from party chief Arvind Kejriwal. Also, on Thursday, the party would come up with its manifesto that would lay out the roadmap of how the AAP will take the agenda of statehood forward, if elected,” he said.

Apart from a composite manifesto, each candidate would have a constituency-wise manifesto that would list out local issues and how the party plans to tackle them, he said.

Rai said voting for the Congress in Delhi will be equivalent to voting for the BJP as the role of the grand old party is nothing more than that of a “vote cutter”, at least in the national capital. Delhi goes to polls on May 12 and the results will be declared on May 23.

“Before the Congress and the BJP go asking for votes, they should justify why they went back on their promise of full statehood. BJP, which has all seven MPs in Delhi, was confused till the last moment about who to field against our candidates who have immense popularity on the ground,” the AAP leader said.

The seven AAP candidates were present with Rai and they asserted they would win all the seats in the national capital. Ruling out the possibility of an alliance with the Congress in Delhi, Rai said “there is no looking back now”. He also said the party’s third phase of electioneering would be a “targeted campaign”.

“Now, in the third phase of campaigning, we would be identifying points that could give the AAP a jump or an advantage in terms of votes,” Rai said.

First Published: Apr 24, 2019 05:19 IST

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