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AAP to contest assembly elections in Haryana, announces Arvind Kejriwal, says party to go past Delhi tally

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With an aim to expand the Aam Admi Party’s foothold outside Delhi, party convener Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said his party will contest the Haryana Assembly elections scheduled to be held in 2019.

With an aim to expand the Aam Admi Party’s foothold outside Delhi, party convener Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said his party will contest the Haryana Assembly elections scheduled to be held in 2019. Delhi Chief Minister Kejriwal, who was born in Haryana’s Siwani, also exuded confidence that AAP will go past the historic mandate of 67 out of 70 seats that the party received in Delhi. Kejriwal’s assertion comes just days after the Delhi High Court set aside the disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs in the office-of-profit case and asked the Election Commission to hear the matter afresh.

Kejriwal’s attempts to expand the party’s presence beyond Delhi is not new. Last year too, AAP had tried to expand its footprint and contested the Punjab and Goa Assembly polls. AAP, however, failed miserably in both the states. It had also fielded 33 candidates in the crucial Gujarat Assembly polls but all failed to make a mark. AAP has earlier said that it is likely to fight in the Rajasthan assembly polls to be held in 2018.

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