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AAP to contest 2022 UP polls, BJP says ‘unmasked in Delhi’

This will be the party’s biggest contest since the 2014 general elections, when it fielded candidates in 400 seats across the country.

Written by Mallica Joshi | New Delhi | Updated: December 16, 2020 1:17:30 am
Covid-19 vaccine must be free for all: Arvind Kejriwal to CentreEvery Indian should be administered the Covid-19 vaccine for free, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal appealed to the Centre on Saturday. (File photo)

AAM AADMI Party (AAP) will contest the 2022 assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Delhi Chief Minister and AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal announced on Tuesday.

“Today, there is only one thing lacking in the politics of UP – honesty and intent. This is what AAP has. It is with this honesty that AAP has transformed Delhi. We proved that the governments lack not money, but the intent,” Kejriwal said.

This will be the party’s biggest contest since the 2014 general elections, when it fielded candidates in 400 seats across the country.

Though it is the primary opposition in Punjab, the party did not find much success in two other states – Goa and Haryana – where it contested assembly elections. Getting a thumping majority in Delhi for a second time in a row, however, has made the party optimistic about its chances in other states.

“Many people and organisations from UP are coming to me and are requesting that AAP should contest elections in UP. They want all the services which are offered in Delhi to be offered in UP. When I asked how a small party like AAP will take this up, they said that the people of Uttar Pradesh are fed up with the old parties,” Kejriwal said. He asked why basics such as education and health could not be provided by successive governments in UP.

The party’s poll agenda will be to showcase work done in Delhi.

Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh, who is also the party’s UP in-charge, told The Indian Express their first step will be the Zila Panchayat polls. “We have an organisational structure in all 75 districts in the state and we already have district and zila committees and are in the process of creating booth-level committees in all districts. This should be complete by March next year,” Singh, who addressed a gathering in Bulandshahr on Tuesday, said.

With the party having committed to contesting assembly polls in Uttarakhand, Goa and Punjab as well, along with the Delhi municipal corporation polls, 2022 is going to be a crucial year for the AAP.

Responding to Kejriwal’s announcement, UP Cabinet minister Sidharth Nath Singh called the chief minister a “liar” and said that he had been “exposed thoroughly, especially after the Covid-19 crisis”. “He should tell us how much employment was generated by him… How many medical colleges did you start? How many AIIMS did you give? How many tests do you do for Covid-19 per day? You should answer all these questions. Kejriwal ji, it is your habit to mislead. Not just in UP, but among the people of Delhi too, your mask has come off,” he told reporters in Lucknow.

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