With its membership crossing 4 lakh and growing by the day, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Gujarat is readying its candidates for the bypolls in Gujarat Assembly and is currently in assessment mode.
“AAP has so far got 275 forms for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls from Gujarat. The final decision will be taken by the executive committee in Delhi. The applicants are currently being cross-verified. One of the rules for membership is that they get signatures of 100 supporters, while the General Elections requires 700 supporters,” said party state convener Sukhdev Patel.
“With several leaders having joined BJP and the recent merger of GPP (Gujarat Parivartan Party) with BJP, we are looking at the bypolls. Even if they happen before or along with the General Election, we will field our party candidates. After Keshubhai Patel vacated his seat, we are looking at the Velavadar and Himmatnagar seats.
We hold mohalla meets every evening in different parts of the city. During the past two months, we have held 7,000 such meetings in the city, where the party is engaging in door-to-door campaigning for the General Elections,” he added.
At a press conference, following Arvind Kejriwal’s letter to Gujarat CM Narendra Modi on Saturday; Patel along with other AAP members Dipak Roy and Dinesh Vaghela, who is a member of the AAP national executive committee, questioned the Congress and BJP and drafted a 14-point questionnaire, raising doubts on price of gas, discrepancies related to allocation of Krishna Godavari basin and Reliance Industries Limited’s role in government policy on fixing gas prices.
Citing examples of Parimal Nathwani, Naveen Jindal and Vijay Mallya, all of whom are MP’s in the Rajya Sabha; Vaghela spoke on the trend of “corporate sponsored” MP and MLA’s in the Parliament.
“We want to question the government on how much oil and gas have been produced by GSPC after the CM declared the investment. We want to know what happened to the Rs 500 crore that GSPC spent on development. How has Gujarat benefited from this investment,” asked Vaghela.