Won't contest Lok Sabha elections: Sanjay Singh

Senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Sanjay Singh Tuesday said he won't contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Confirming it to The Indian Express over phone, Singh said, "I have the responsibility of handling the Lok Sabha elections preparations for the party. There is also the responsibility of strengthening the party."

He also said it was his "personal decision." "I know my capabilities and the areas where I can be useful. So my decision was made in this light," Singh said, adding that he decided not to contest after he was handed over the responsibility of overlooking the Lok Sabha elections.

He said, "In UP, which sends the maximum number of MPs, we intend to contest all the 80 seats."

Singh, the party's face in Uttar Pradesh, earlier in the day alleged that ruling Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh was "guilty of fomenting communal tensions in collusion with the BJP."

"Both (SP and BJP) believe that they will benefit in a communally-charged atmosphere. A glaring example was the Muzaffarnagar riots," Singh said in Allahabad. .

Singh also charged the SP government with "repressing democratic movements against corruption" and "fomenting communal tensions in collusion with the BJP".

He said AAP was looking forward to its rally on January 12 in Amethi, a bastion of the Nehru-Gandhi family, "where people do not have access to basic amenities despite having been represented by one political bigwig after the other over past many years".

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