Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will contest elections in six states in next two years. While addressing the party’s ninth National Council meeting, the Delhi CM said AAP will contest Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab. He also asserted that strict actions should be taken against those responsible for the Republic day chaos and those who instigated violence during the tractor rally in the Delhi capital.
He said the violence of January 26 is unfortunate and regrettable and strict action should be taken against anyone who is actually responsible for it. Whatever happened on that day cannot stop this movement against the government’s three contentious farm legislations and the country should support farmers but in a peaceful manner, he added.
He further urged his cadre to always approach the protesting farmers without their party cap and flag. He asked them to not do politics here.
At the start of the farmers’ protest in November, the Aam Aadmi Party had announced its unconditional support to their demands and welcomed them to Delhi. The party had said it was the sevadaar (in service) and that it would always take care of the annadata.
The AAP also declared it would contest elections on all the 117 seats in Punjab where it is the second largest party with 19 seats. More recently, it said it would also fight the local civic body polls there.
Ever since the centre introduced three new farm legislations, the farmers, specifically from Punjab and Haryana have been protesting against them. The AAP has since then attacked the BJP for being anti-farmer and anti-people besides locking horns with Punjab Chief Minister and Congress veteran Amarinder Singh.