AAP not in contention for 2019 polls, says Kejriwal


New Delhi: Claiming that Aam Admi Party might get a Delhi-like opportunity in Punjab, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today gave an indication that his party was not in contention for the 2019 polls.

“We are not here for power politics. People ask if AAP is in the race for 2019? We are not in any race. Delhi’s win was miraculous. We just have to keep working hard and honestly”, Kejriwal told reporters.

Speaking at the AAP National Council Meeting, he directed his partymen not to run after polls but keep on doing the good work. The good work might facilitate an opportunity like Delhi, he remarked.

However, the National Council Meeting of the party got embroidled in controversy when a faction of AAP members protested outside the venue alleging that they were not invited.

Mentioning that the AAP government was the first government to fire a minister for alleged involvement in a graft case, Kejriwal claimed that his party’s prime motive was to fight corruption.

“We had two aims in the beginning – tackling corruption and bringing Jan Lokpal and Swaraj. In the last 10 months, we have worked so hard, I can challenge, Sheila (Dikshit) government did not do in 15 years. (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi had the entire nation at his disposal, even he did not do”, Kejriwal said. 

Claiming that the Janlokpal bill will be passed in the ongoing Winter Session of Delhi Assembly, Kejriwal stated, “Lokpal is also going to be passed in this session. It is the same old bill minus citizen charter and vigilance. We have implemented the vigilance aspect. Citizen charter is being tabled today. So BJP and Congress have no issue to protest against.”

Kejriwal mentioned that the AAP government was successful in completing the construction of a flyover before the deadline besides the metro project.

The National Council is the body of founding members of the party while National Executive is the second highest decision-making body of the party. The Council ratifies all the decisions taken by the party.