No sitting MLAs, ministers to get party tickets for Lok Sabha polls: AAPhttps://indianexpress.com/article/india/no-sitting-mlas-ministers-to-get-party-tickets-for-lok-sabha-polls-aap-5550925/

No sitting MLAs, ministers to get party tickets for Lok Sabha polls: AAP

Rai, who heads Aam Aadmi Party's Delhi unit, said that party candidates for the general elections in Delhi, Punjab and Haryana will be announced "well before" the notification of the polls.

Open to alliance but also ready to contest alone: AAP
Rai, who heads Aam Aadmi Party’s Delhi unit, said that party candidates for the general elections in Delhi, Punjab and Haryana will be announced “well before” the notification of the polls. (File photo)

The AAP will not give party tickets to its sitting MLAs and ministers for the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls, senior party leader Gopal Rai said Tuesday.

Rai, who heads Aam Aadmi Party’s Delhi unit, said that party candidates for the general elections in Delhi, Punjab and Haryana will be announced “well before” the notification of the polls.

“We are not going to give tickets to sitting MLAs. Everyone is interested, but we will not give tickets to them,” he told reporters when asked if AAP MLAs and ministers will be fielded in the polls.

The AAP has already announced incharges on six of the seven Parliamentary seats in Delhi. The incharge on west Delhi seat is yet to be announced by the party.

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“We will declare the names of our candidates in Delhi, Haryana and Punjab much before the announcement of elections,” he said.

The AAP has decided to independently contest the Lok Sabha polls in the three states, rejecting the possibility of an alliance with the Congress.