With Arvind Kejriwal set to devote most of his time to the Lok Sabha elections, the AAP is likely to turn to Manish Sisodia to lead the party into the next Assembly elections.
Sisodia, who has been constantly seen beside Kejriwal, even during the India Against Corruption movement, held crucial portfolios of urban development, revenue, education and PWD in the AAP government. Party sources said in the eventuality that Kejriwal contests the Lok Sabha elections, it was highly probable that Sisodia would be the AAP’s chief ministerial candidate in the Assembly elections.
“After he resigned as chief minister, it is clear that Arvind Kejriwal will now focus on the Lok Sabha elections. If he contests LS elections, then Sisodia is next in line to be Chief Minister designate. He has excellent credentials and has done a lot of work in the field of education during his tenure as education minister. Sisodia has a connect with the voter,” an AAP source said.
Sources said since the party intends to expand throughout the country ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, a concerted effort will be made to ensure that the party does not lose the gains made in Delhi during its stint in governance.
In an “informal” meeting of AAP legislators at the party’s Kaushambi office on Saturday afternoon, it was conveyed that legislators must continue with their “jan sampark”(connecting with the people).
“All of us spoke of the way forward after the decision to step down from the government yesterday. While it was an informal meeting, MLAs were told to continue meeting the people in their respective constituencies. It is important that they keep the relationship they had with public during their tenure,” Sisodia said.
Sources said MLAs have been encouraged to build their own systems of “delivering services”.
“For instance, in some constituencies, volunteers have been designated to solve specific problems such as issues related to insurance, rent agreements and so on. These systems will help local residents despite the fall of the government. The people will know that the party doesn’t only work when it is in power,” the source said.