Upset over the delay in seat distribution for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in the I.N.D.I.A bloc, Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena has instructed his potential 11 candidates to prepare for the polls. According to reports, all these 11 leaders have been asked to start work in their parliamentary constituencies. Before Shiv Sena, AAP, in a sign of exasperation over lingering seat-sharing talks with its I.N.D.I.A bloc partner Congress, declared party candidates for three Lok Sabha constituencies, including Guwahati, in Assam. The Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP has also decided to contest alone in Punjab.
- Mumbai South - Arvind Sawant
- Mumbai North West - Amol Kirtikar
- Raigarh - Anant Geete
- Sindhudurg Ratnagiri - Vinayak Raut
- Thane - Rajan Vichare
- Shirdi - Bhausaheb Wakchore
- Buldhana - Narendra Khedekar
- Sambhaji Nagar - Chandrakant Khaire
- Dhara Shiv - Omraje Nimbalkar
- Parbhani - Sanjay Jadhav
According to reports, Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena will officially announce the names of the candidates after the seat-sharing formula is decided. There may be a dispute over Mumbai North West seat from where Sanjay Nirupam wants to contest, reports said.
AAP to leave alliance on February 13?
It is noteworthy that the anti-NDA front is disintegrating. If sources are to be believed, Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party may also quit teh I.N.D.I.A bloc. Aam Aadmi Party has already fielded its candidates on three seats in Assam. Also, a meeting of the party's PAC has been called on February 13. Not only this, Bhagwant Mann has announced to contest the elections alone in Punjab and even in Delhi, no talks have been made yet with the INDIA bloc on seat sharing. Upset over the delay in seat sharing, it is believed that on February 13, Kejriwal may make a formal announcement of leaving the alliance.