The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which created a lot of buzz but could not win much votes in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections in Bengaluru, has stayed away from the polls this time around. While the result of the Assembly polls in Karnataka last May came as a shocker, the party plans to go in a methodical way to fight next year’s civic (BBMP) polls in Bengaluru and is working ground up. “We did not see any opportunity in fielding candidates for the Lok Sabha election. The party is concentrating in states such as New Delhi, Punjab and Haryana where it can win. As it is in many states, people in Karnataka are either voting for Modi to win or lose. Hence, the party has decided not to contest as we do not want to divide anti-Modi vote,” Prithvi Reddy, convener of AAP, Karnataka, told ET. In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the AAP had fielded candidates in almost all the 28 constituencies in the state. The candidature of former Infosys CFO V Balakrishnan, former registrar and faculty of National Law School of India University Prof Babu Mathew and child rights activist Nina P Nayak had drawn a lot of… Read full this story
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