"Despite a denial from AAP to take QED support, our party will still lend its support to Kejriwal if the AAP chief emerges as the strongest candidate among all the contenders to defeat Narendra Modi," Afzal, brother of Mukhtar Ansari, who had contested 2009 Lok Sabha polls from here, said on Tuesday.

However, a final decision in this regard will be taken at a meeting of party workers on April 29, he said.

"On April 29, a unanimous decision will be taken by all QED party workers in a meeting here, after which we will declare that to which party candidate we would lend our support for the Varanasi Lok Sabha seat," he added.

Afzal said that the main aim of his party is to defeat Modi from here and stop him from becoming the Prime Minister of India.

"Our party's main aim is to defeat Narendra Modi here and also to stop him from becoming Prime Minister of this country, for which the party had already withdrawn its candidate Mukhtar Ansari to avoid any division of secular votes in the Lok Sabha polls here," he said.

In 2009 Lok Sabha election, senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi had won from this seat by defeating Mukhtar Ansari of Quami Ekta Dal by a margin of 17,000 votes.

(JPN/Agencies)

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