The Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP made it clear that it is not in talks with any other party for an alliance in the UP assembly election due early next year.
“Our party is stronger than the Congress in the state. While Congress won 40 seats in panchayat polls, we scored a victory in 83panchayats. AAP got over 40 lakh votes in these polls, where 1600 party candidates contested,” Singh, who is AAP’s UP in-charge, told PTI in an interview.
The Congress was reduced to seven seats in the 2017 election to the 403-member UP Assembly.
The AAP had earlier tested poll waters in the 2014 and 2019 Parliamentary elections on some selected seats in UP without any success.
After coming to power in Delhi, it emerged as the main opposition party in Punjab and has been trying to expand its base in other states like Goa, Uttarakhand, and Gujarat.
Delhi chief minister Kejriwal had himself contested against Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Varanasi in 2014 and stood second ahead of the Congress and the Samajwadi party nominees.
AAP had also contested three seats of Saharanpur, Aligarh, and Gautam Budh Nagar in UP but could not do much.
“We are preparing to contest on all 403 seats alone. We are presently not in talks for an alliance with any other party. Our focus is to strengthen our base in the state and in the past one and a half months, we have made over one crore members,” Singh said.
“The party has made Vidhan Sabha in-charges in 100-150 seats and our leaders are meeting those who want to contest,” said 49-year-old Singh who hails from Sultanpur in Uttar Pradesh.
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