- AAP wants to target rural population and taken on the BJP in 2019 polls
- AAP dismissed any chance of pre-poll alliance with the Congress in Delhi
- The party didn't any of the seven seats in Delhi in 2014 national polls
Hoping to open its account in the Lok Sabha elections in the city, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has adopted constituency-wise strategy to target the rural population and other sections of the society and take on "main rival", the BJP, in all seven seats.
Asserting that AAP is "single-handedly capable" of defeating the BJP in Delhi, city unit chief of the party Gopal Rai dismissed any chance of a pre-poll alliance with the Congress in Delhi.
Mr Rai, who also holds the portfolios of labour, employment and development in the Arvind Kejriwal government, said the Congress is not in the fight for the Lok Sabha polls. The AAP only has a "direct fight with the BJP".
"We are working on a constituency-specific strategy on all seven seats in Delhi in view of Lok Sabha elections next year," Mr Rai told PTI.
In the 2014 general elections, the AAP fielded its candidates on all seven seats in Delhi, but none of them could secure a win.
Talking about the party's strategy for the northwest Delhi seat, Mr Rai said the Aam Aadmi Party failed to receive support in rural pockets in the last Lok Sabha polls, and now the party in-charge for the constituency, Gugan Singh, is focusing on these areas with extensive contact programmes.
He said the party's in-charge for the Chandni Chowk Lok Sabha seat, Pankaj Gupta, has started laying emphasis on small meetings with the electorate in the trader-dominated borough.
According to the strategy for east Delhi constituency having a mix of voters living in posh localities and unauthorised colonies, the party has adopted extensive outreach programmes to reach voters. Senior AAP leader Atishi has been made in-charge of the parliamentary seat.
"The party will officially announce candidates on all the seven seats in Delhi, along with those in Haryana and Punjab, by January next year," Mr Rai said.
In the 2015 Assembly polls, the AAP had got around 54.34 per cent vote share while the BJP and Congress had 32.19 per cent and 9.65 per cent votes respectively.