Delhi, 10th August 2022: After winning power in Delhi and Punjab, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is now making a strong claim in the Gujarat and Himachal Assembly Elections. The party has been encouraged by its good performance in the recent Madhya Pradesh local elections too.
Under the leadership of Arvind Kejriwal, AAP is now planning to expand to more parts of the country. The party intends to extend to nine states in the next 24 months, ranging from Himachal to Kerala.
According to a report by the Economic Times, a decision regarding the expansion was taken at a meeting of the organization on Tuesday chaired by AAP convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The party will fight vigorously in Haryana, Maharashtra, Kerala, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, and Karnataka, where Assembly Elections are due within the next two years.
The report quoted sources as saying that the party would launch a ‘Gram Sampark Abhiyan’ for expansion at the village level. A target has been set to form a village-to-village organization within six months. After this, the organization will be strengthened at the block and district levels. The party will try to reach out to voters by creating a separate front for women, students, youth, Dalits, and tribals.
The report states that the youth will be given preference in the party organisation. AAP will also make a different strategy for the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh elections, which will be held in November-December.
A senior party functionary told the newspaper, on the condition of anonymity, “In these two states, we have identified some seats where we have a good organization and strong candidates. We will focus on strengthening our organization here.”
Elections in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, and Madhya Pradesh will be held next year.
According to AAP, new elements are being added to address questions related to ideology and politics. “The party is shaping its ideology, and the ideology of development is the key. Till now, our volunteers glorify the Delhi model to connect people with the party. But now, it will change. We will talk to the people about development and explain how basic facilities will be provided free of cost.”
The accommodation of leaders from other parties poses itself as one of the major challenges before AAP. According to sources, Kejriwal, on Tuesday, said that leaders coming from other parties should not be promised big posts in the party and tickets in the elections. AAP has also decided to screen the leaders and workers coming from other parties.