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LS polls: AAP adopts constituency-wise strategy to take on BJP in Delhi

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Hoping to open its account in the elections in the city, the (AAP) has adopted constituency-wise strategy to target the rural population and other sections of the society to take on "main rival" BJP in all seven seats.

Asserting that the Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) is "single-handedly capable" of defeating the BJP in Delhi, of the party outrightly dismissed any chance of a pre-poll alliance with the in the national capital.

Rai, who also holds the portfolios of labour, employment and development in the Arvind Kejriwal government, said the is not in the fight in the polls.

The AAP has only a "direct fight with the BJP".

"We are working on a constituency-specific strategy on all seven seats in in view of elections next year," Rai told

In the 2014 general elections, the AAP had fielded its candidates on all seven seats in Delhi, but none of them could secure a win.

Talking about the party's strategy for the northwest seat, Rai said the had failed to receive support in rural pockets in the last Lok Sabha polls, and now the party in-charge for the constituency, Gugan Singh, is focusing on these areas with extensive contact programmes.

The AAP's in-charge of Lok Sabha seats are most likely to be official candidates in the Lok Sabha polls to be held next year.

He said the party's in-charge for the Chandni Chowk Lok Sabha seat, Pankaj Gupta, has started laying emphasis on small meetings with the electorate in the trader-dominated borough.

had won this seat in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

According to the strategy for east constituency having a mix of voters living in posh localities and unauthorised colonies, the party has adopted extensive outreach programmes to reach voters. has been made in-charge of the parliamentary seat.

Barring West Delhi, the AAP has announced in-charge on the remaining six Lok Sabha seats in Delhi, but Rai has made it clear that no MLA will be given ticket for this seat.

There is a buzz in the party that will contest from the west Delhi Lok Sabha seat.

"The party will officially announce candidates on all the seven seats in Delhi, along with those in and Punjab, by January next year," Rai said.

In the 2015 Assembly polls, the AAP had got around 54.34 per cent vote share while the BJP and had 32.19 per cent and 9.65 per cent votes respectively.

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First Published: Sun, December 02 2018. 14:45 IST