In another setback for the Opposition's INDI Alliance, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has reportedly said that it will contest on all 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab on its own.
Punjab Chief Minister and AAP leader Bhagwant Mann on Wednesday exuded confidence that his party will emerge victorious in all the 13 Lok Sabha seats in the state.
It should be noted that both AAP and Congress are partners in the INDI Alliance.
This comes after West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee announced earlier today (24 January) that her party will fight alone in the upcoming Lok Sabha election, ruling out any seat-sharing agreement with the Congress.
However, Banerjee said that she would consider a post-poll alliance with the Congress.
Asked about Banerjee's decision to go solo and whether AAP will follow suit, Mann said, "In Punjab, we will not do anything (alliance with the Congress) like that. We have nothing with the Congress,"India Today reported.
The Aam Aadmi party is looking at fielding its senior leaders from all 13 Lok Sabha constituencies.
According to top party functionary cited in a Tribune report, AAP's top brass in Delhi has conceded to the Punjab unit’s pleas of not having a pre-poll alliance with the Congress in the state.
The top functionary has said the state unit had reportedly conveyed to their top brass that joining hands with the Congress could prove to be their (political) undoing and would not go down well with their voters.
Kuldeep is Senior Editor (Newsroom) at Swarajya. He tweets at @kaydnegi.
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