Senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Yogendra Yadav on Tuesday said his party had no intention to support the non-BJP, non-Cong front cobbled together by the CPM as he called the Left parties “a bunch of opportunist”.
In an interview to The Indian Express, CPM general secretary Prakash Karat had said AAP was welcome to join the new political front comprising non-Congress and non-BJP parties.
“The idea that we share the same ideological or political space as the Left is wrong. Whenever the Left has been part of the government in Kerala or West Bengal, they have behaved exactly in the same manner as other parties. We want to present an alternative not just to the Congress or the BJP, but also the Left,” said Yadav, on the eve of his party’s plan to hold a massive rally in Andheri to kickstart their Lok Sabha election campaign in the state.
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Terming AAP an anti-political establishment party, Yadav said people are not only disappointed but there is positive anger towards the political establishment. “The Rahul Gandhi versus Narendra Modi fight is a tragedy for a country that has a tradition of a great leadership. Instead of this established game of substitutes, this country needs an alternative, and AAP is this alternative,” he said.
Referring to the AAP candidates — former Royal Bank of Scotland CEO Meera Sanyal from Mumbai South, social activist Medha Patkar from Mumbai North and RTI activist Anjali Damania from Nagpur, Yadav said: “Outside of Delhi, AAP’s work has been prominent in Maharashtra. We have already named six candidates in the state, of which three are women.
They are not anybody’s daughter or daughter-in-law but have come up on their own merit with each being an expert in the field of banking, fighting corruption and social movements.”
He added that with candidates such as Sanyal and Patkar, representing the two ends of the social spectrum, the party is expected to draw a wide voter base.
Yadav defended Damania’s candidature amidst opposition from some AAP workers in Nagpur who are unhappy with an outsider being fielded from there and have now formed a party called Nagpur AAP. Yadav said that the outsider tag is a non issue as Lok Sabha elections are based on national issues and Damania is slated to fight BJP chief Nitin Gadkari who is viewed as a “symbol of corruption”.
The AAP is expected to announce names of all of its candidates for the remaining 48 seats in Maharashtra.