Setback for INDIA bloc as AAP hints to contest alone in Delhi after Punjab

India bloc: With prominent leaders like Nitish Kumar of JDU in Bihar and Mamata Banerjee of Trinamool Congress in West Bengal opting out, the India alliance appears to have disintegrated ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

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India bloc: In a significant blow to the INDIA Alliance, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has simingly announced its decision to go solo in the upcoming elections in Delhi, following a similar move in Punjab. This decision marks a setback for the India Alliance, as AAP joins the ranks of parties distancing themselves from the coalition. With prominent leaders like Nitish Kumar of JDU in Bihar and Mamata Banerjee of Trinamool Congress in West Bengal opting out, the India alliance appears to have disintegrated ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

Kejriwal's Pronouncement in Punjab

During a rally in Tarn Taran, Punjab, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal made a resounding statement, declaring that the people of Delhi have pledged to deliver all seven Lok Sabha seats to the Aam Aadmi Party.

"The people of Delhi have decided that they will give all the 7 seats of Delhi to AAP," Kejriwal affirmed.

Kejriwal had earlier expressed confidence in AAP's prospects, asserting that the party would secure victory in all 13 seats in Punjab, as well as the Lok Sabha seat of Chandigarh.

AAP's Electoral Strategy

In line with its determination to contest elections independently, the Aam Aadmi Party has announced its candidates for Bharuch in Gujarat and three Lok Sabha seats in Assam. Additionally, the party has scheduled a meeting of the Political Affairs Committee on Tuesday, 13th February, to finalize candidates in Goa, Gujarat, and Haryana.

Impact on Political Landscape

AAP's decision to chart its own course comes as a shock to the Congress and the INDIA bloc, particularly amidst the shifting political dynamics witnessed with parties like JDU and RLD aligning with the NDA. Compounding the complexity are the unresolved seat-sharing negotiations between Trinamool in West Bengal, Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh, and now, AAP in Punjab and Delhi, further adding uncertainty to the electoral landscape.

As AAP embarks on its solo journey in Delhi, the political landscape undergoes yet another transformation, setting the stage for a fiercely contested electoral battle in the national capital.