AAP announces its seventh and final candidate for Lok Sabha elections in Delhi

The AAP has declared Balbir Singh Jakhar as its last candidate in Delhi for the Lok Sabha polls, with a senior leader saying the announcement was made seeing the Congress's "irresponsible and indecisive" attitude towards an alliance here.

Lok Sabha elections: AAP announces its seventh and final candidate for Delhi
AAP leader Balbir Singh Jakhar. Photo tweeted by AAP.
By: ABP News Bureau
Updated: 17 Mar 2019 05:50 PM
  • The AAP has declared its last candidate in Delhi for the Lok Sabha polls.
  • Balbir Singh Jakhar will be the Aam Aadmi Party's candidate for the West Delhi parliamentary seat.
  • Names of candidates for the other six seats was announced by the party on March 2.
NEW DELHI: Delhi’s ruling Aam Aadmi Party on Sunday announced Balbir Singh Jakhar as its candidate from the West Delhi Lok Sabha seat. The AAP had already declared the names of its candidates for six of the seven parliamentary seats in the national capital on March 2. The announcement was made by party leader and Delhi minister Gopal in a press conference here.

Atishi will contest from East Delhi, Guggan Singh from northwest Delhi, Raghav Chadha from south, Dilip Pandey from northeast, Pankaj Gupta from Chandni Chowk and Brijesh Goyal from New Delhi seats. These six candidates were earlier appointed as the party's in-charge for the parliamentary constituencies in the national capital.

Elections to the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi will be held on May 12.The results will be declared with the rest of the country on May 23.

Gopal Rai said the party has waited long enough for an alliance with the Congress but seeing the "irresponsible and indecisive" attitude of the grand old party, the AAP has decided to declare the name of its seventh candidate.

"The AAP has declared all its seven candidates. We waited for long that all parties would join hands to beat the government but the way the Congress is behaving, irresponsibly, and has been indecisive for the past three months, the AAP has decided to take its movement (for full statehood for Delhi) forward," Rai said.

On Thursday, he had said the AAP will fight the Lok Sabha polls on the issue of full statehood and it is "late now" for talks on an alliance in Delhi.

"The country is disappointed with the Congress and our internal survey shows seven per cent vote share of the Congress. People feel that the Congress is not serious about Delhi, so the AAP has launched a mega campaign.

"The Congress is confused and every one is giving different statements," Rai said.

Sources said the AAP was in talks with the Congress over seat sharing but both the parties wanted to contest from the same seats due to which a they could not reach a consensus.

Moreover, Delhi Congress chief Sheila Dikshit has not been in favour of an alliance with AAP but many leaders and workers in the Delhi Congress were in favour of an alliance.

Announcing the name of Jakhar, Rai said he has been associated with the AAP since the Jan Lokpal Movement. He was the president of co-ordination committee All Delhi District Court Bar Association.

The other six AAP candidates are Atishi from East Delhi, Guggan Singh from North-West Delhi, Raghav Chadha from South, Dilip Pandey from North-East, Pankaj Gupta from Chandni Chowk and Brijesh Goyal will contest from New Delhi seats.

(With inputs from PTI)