AAP vows to take on tainted leaders

The fledgling party, which made a stunning debut in the recent Delhi assembly polls, said it would contest elections against 14 union ministers as well as A Raja allegedly involved in the 2G spectrum scam.

While addressing mediapersons, senior party leader and Political Affairs Committee (PAC) member Sanjay Singh said that the party would field their candidates against 162 parliamentarians who allegedly have criminal background. The party is all set to give a tough fight to such candidates in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and working on the strategies to defeat them, he added.

‘There are around 162 parliamentarians with allegedly criminal background in the present Lok Sabha and among them 73 are involved in heinous crime. There are around 15 ministers who are also having the criminal charges against them, Singh said.

‘We have received reports from our state conveners and looking at the response from different seats, it has been decided that the Aam Aadmi Party will contest more than 350 seats in the Lok Sabha elections,’ Singh told reporters.

He was briefing on the issues discussed in the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting held here. The meeting, second in a month, assumes significance as the party discussed strategies ahead of Lok Sabha elections. The party will also make ‘corruption’ and ‘criminalisation of politics’ as major issues.

‘Corruption and criminalisation of politics are two broader issues on which the party will fight the Lok Sabha elections. The party will field candidates against leaders in different parties, who have become symbols of corruption and criminalisation of politics,’ Singh added.

When asked whether the party would field candidates against ministers like A Raja, he said the party would contest elections against 15 ministers ‘against whom there were serious charges and the former union minister is one of them’.
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