The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Thursday declared its candidates for three Lok Sabha constituencies in Assam, saying it was “tired” of seat-sharing talks with the INDIA block that have dragged on for months without result, in a a move that highlights growing discontent in the opposition group and growing pressure on Congress.
Addressing a press conference at the party headquarters in Delhi, AAP national general secretary (organisation) Sandeep Pathak reiterated his party’s stand that it will not have an alliance with the Congress in Punjab. He added that seat-sharing negotiations are underway in Delhi for the general elections.
“We are now tired of the (seat-sharing) talks that have dragged on for months but to no avail. We have to participate in elections to win… and not just for the sake of it,” Pathak said, while announcing the party’s candidates Manoj Dhanohar from Dibrugarh, Bhabhen Chaudhary from Guwahati and Rishi Raj from Sonitpur to contest the Lok Sabha elections. . However, he said the party strongly supports the Inclusive National Alliance for India’s Development (INDIA) and hopes that the opposition bloc will give it the three seats in Assam.
“We are with the INDIA bloc… but the first objective is to win the elections. I think everything should be accelerated,” Pathak said. Attempts to contact congressional leaders to get their response on the matter were unsuccessful.