AAP gears for Lok Sabha polls, to contest all seats in Gujarat, Haryana

Arvind KejriwalDelhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that he would not contest the Lok Sabha elections. (IE Photo: Prem Nath Pandey)

Days after forming a minority government and winning the trust vote in the Delhi Assembly, a buoyant Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has begun planning its debut in the Lok Sabha elections, with leaders saying Saturday that the party would contest at least 300 seats in the polls due this summer.

The first list of AAP's Lok Sabha candidates will be announced within the next two weeks and party leaders said a prime ministerial candidatewould be named only after the poll results.

Members of the AAP national executive - the highest decision-making body of the party - met at Delhi's Constitution Club for the first time to review what the party had done right in Delhi, and what they needed to do to replicate that success across the nation.

The national executive will meet again Sunday.

"We understand that after the formation of the Delhi government, there is hope in people across the country. People thought there was no alternative to corrupt politics. Today they have hope in an alternative," said AAP leader Prashant Bhushan.

While his colleague Yogendra Yadav said he would like to see Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal as the prime minister, he added that it was important for the party to assess its current strength. However, Kejriwal clarified later that he would not contest the Lok Sabha elections.

Bhushan said AAP wasn't unduly worried about the seemingly bipolar fight for power at the centre between the BJP's Narendra Modi and the Congress's Rahul Gandhi.

AAP sources said the party aims to contest in several states and that while it might be able to ride the wave of its Delhi success in urban centres, it realises fighting elections in rural areas will be a different ball game altogether.

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