The Aam Aadmi Party will contest parliamentary polls in states where the BJP is strong, and will monitor the situation in the country before taking a call on being the part of grand alliance, said senior party leader Gopal Rai on Friday, adding that the party has decided to fight the “autocracy” of the Narendra Modi government.
“The Aam Aadmi Party will fight against this autocracy by challenging the BJP in states where it is strong,” he said.
Rai, when asked about AAP’s participation in the proposed ‘Mahagathbandhan’, said: “We will monitor the situation and take a decision accordingly”.
A meeting of the National Council of the AAP will be held on Saturday. AAP leader Bhagwant Mann said that the party cannot enter into an alliance with the Congress since it is the main opposition force in Punjab. He also asked for votes for the party, against the Congress, in the Lok Sabha polls. “What will we say to our people in Punjab if we come along with Congress? There are no chances of any such alliance,” he said. He, however, added that a “secular alliance must be formed against BJP against the autocratic behaviour of its ministers”.
Possibility of an understanding between AAP and Congress was hit after a resolution in the Delhi assembly demanded that former PM Rajiv Gandhi’s Bharat Ratna be withdrawn.