Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday announced that despite a virtual split in the leadership of party’s Punjab unit, it will contest all 13 Lok Sabha seats in the state.
Kejriwal arrived in Punjab on Sunday to launch the party’s election campaign with a rally in Barnala town.
“People want a change. They are fed up with the Modi government. The BJP will lose in the Lok Sabha elections,” Kejriwal told the media in Sangrur, around 130 km from Chandigarh.
He also met senior party leaders of the Punjab unit, including MP Bhagwant Mann, leader of opposition Harpal Cheema, and legislator Aman Arora.
The AAP has already announced the names of five candidates for Sangrur, Faridkot, Hoshiarpur, Amritsar, and Anandpur Sahib Lok Sabha seats in October.
Two AAP MPs from Punjab, Dharamvira Gandhi and Harinder Khalsa, who were suspended from the AAP in August 2015 for taking on the AAP leadership, have not been named as party candidates so far. Their suspension has also not been revoked.
The AAP has retained two sitting MPs; Bhagwant Mann (Sangrur) and Sadhu Singh (Faridkot).
The AAP had won four Lok Sabha seats in Punjab in the 2014 general elections.
The AAP has been in disarray since the past over two years with infighting and a virtual rebellion by its leadership. Legislators Sukhpal Singh Khaira, HS Phoolka, and Baldev Singh have quit the party.
(With agency inputs)