AAP to take call on Gujarat polls after team arrives in city Tuesday

A team from Gujarat will provide feedback to the Aam Aadmi Party following which it will be decided if the party will contest assembly elections in Gujarat or not.

Written by ANIRUDHA GHOSAL | New Delhi | Published:June 4, 2017 3:42 am
Gujarat Elections, Gujarat Polls, AAP, Indian Express The party launched an elaborate exercise in Modi’s home state five months ago to spread its reach and become the main challenger to the ruling BJP by contesting all 182 seats.

With the Aam Aadmi Party yet to decide on whether or not it will contest assembly elections in Gujarat, a team from the state will come to Delhi on Tuesday to provide “feedback”, following which a call will be taken, sources said.

The focus, for now, will continue to be on “reconnecting with the people in Delhi”. Most leaders maintained it was unlikely that the party would contest polls in Gujarat.

This, in spite of their strategy to target states where there is a direct competition between two parties. One of the reasons, party sources said, was that taking on Prime Minister Narendra Modi has “backfired” in the past. Gujarat has been part of AAP’s plan to expand its national footprint.

The party launched an elaborate exercise in Modi’s home state five months ago to spread its reach and become the main challenger to the ruling BJP by contesting all 182 seats. But electoral losses in Goa, Punjab, and the Municipal Corporations of Delhi may have changed that.

An AAP source said, “The problem is one of perception. A lot of people feel AAP doesn’t work but complaints and shouts. It is an unfortunate scenario. But the reality is that we are not taking on the BJP and Modi because we want to. The Centre’s interference in our work is a reality.”

On the recent losses, a leader said, “We expected to do well and win Punjab. We had not even made a Plan B. Call it inexperience or a miscalculation, it was definitely bad strategy. We won assembly elections in Delhi twice… After that we went and formed the the main opposition in a state like Punjab. We should have celebrated this.”

“In Goa, there was no organisation and yet we were able to speak about issues. The problem was that our strategy didn’t take into account the fact that we needed local people to go door-to-door,” the leader said.

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    vasu
    Jun 18, 2017 at 6:17 am
    The main problem is Kejri's Himalayan ego. He thought himself to be Modi's direct equal and started behaving so. If only he had remained on ground, did some good work in Delhi and evolved into a responsible and dependable leader, he would be counted as a possible challenger to Modi. Now, even opposition parties do not want him in their group.
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      Ram
      Jun 4, 2017 at 6:03 am
      PAAP party has no future anywhere in the Country
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        Bhayyanak Bhangii
        Jun 4, 2017 at 4:37 am
        Abaeyy AAP kaeyy PAApiyo aurr kitnii fajihaat karwaa o gaeyy apnii chawaanii chhaapp party kii. Chupchaap Delhi maeyy hii padaeyy rahoo aurr Modi Chaleesaa kaa phaatt karnaa shuruu kaarr do warnaa BJP kaeyy Bhagwaeey kabhii bhii tumahareey yugpurush Shri Shri Farjiwaal ji kii govt girraa daengaeey.
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