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AAP will fight and win Lok Sabha polls on its own: Kejriwal

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Ruling out any alliance with the Congress, Tuesday announced that his party will contest the upcoming Lok Sabha polls on its own and hit out at for not fulfilling BJP's electoral promise of granting full statehood to

Asserting that the upcoming polls will be fought on the issue of full statehood, Kejriwal criticised Modi for not fulfilling this promise as mentioned in BJP's 2014 manifesto.

"It amounts to cheating. They [BJP] should come clean," Kejriwal said.

"The ongoing are also a part of the mass movement for full statehood for

'BJP had no intention of giving full statehood. Modi needs to give an explanations as to why he did not fulfil his promise," the said, adding that his party plans to go full throttle over this issue in the coming days.

Kejriwal claimed that both and BJP are against granting full statehood to Delhi.

Addressing the media from the AAP's new headquarters at ITO, Kejriwal said his party will be fighting the Lok Sabha elections on the issue of full statehood for Delhi as it (national capital) has been suffering because of it.

On being asked about its alliance partners, the said, "We are not in talks with the over alliance. We will be fighting the elections on our own."

"We are hearing statements from that it would not enter into alliance with But according to our internal surveys, will be winning with a heavy majority on all seven seats and there are four reasons for it," he said.

Listing out the reasons, he said firstly, it is because of the work done by the Secondly people in Delhi are very eager to see Delhi get full statehood and they can see that is serious about it, he said.

Thirdly, according to AAP's survey, 56 per cent of the people believe that the conduct of the BJP in the conflict between and has portrayed the party in a "negative" light, he said.

"The fourth reason is how did not put the country first and refused to form an alliance. Therefore Hindus were anyway not going to for Congress. Muslims had some doubts but now even they have come in favour of the AAP," he said.

Observing that even without alliance, AAP is winning, he however said his party has no indication from on alliance.

The ruling AAP has declared names of candidates on six of the seven seats in Delhi.

A senior AAP leader, said the name of the seventh candidate for the West Delhi seat would be announced only after BJP and Congress declare the names of their candidates for Delhi.

AAP's Atishi will contest from East Delhi, Guggan Singh from North-West Delhi, Raghav Chadha from South, Dilip Pandey from North-East, from Chandni Chowk and Brijesh Goyal will contest from seats.

The party launched its mega poll campaign, centred around full statehood for Delhi on Sunday.

Party volunteers will also distribute Kejriwal's letter to doorsteps of the voters during the campaign. The letter will elaborate the benefits Delhiites will have if full statehood is granted.

Elections to the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi will be held on May 12.

"The upcoming Lok Sabha elections are extremely important for the people of Delhi. In all the Lok Sabha elections, the people in Delhi used to to elect a but this time people have decided that would for full statehood of Delhi," Kejriwal said.

The chief minister said once Delhi attains full statehood, AAP will ensure that women can roam freely even at night while adding that his party will also provide 85 per cent reservations in jobs and colleges.

Kejriwal also referred to the sealing of shops which took place earlier this year and said, the party would have halted sealing within five minutes.

"We would have regularised contractual employees," he said.

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First Published: Tue, March 12 2019. 19:38 IST