Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convenor Arvind Kejriwal has told his party that Delhi was likely to go to polls in December and that the party must begin preparations immediately.
In a forceful speech on a Google Hangout session, a means by which the party leadership communicates to its volunteers across the country online, Kejriwal said beginning Wednesday, volunteers would go house to house in Delhi, asking people if they want elections in the capital.
The national capital has been without an elected government since the minority government led by Kejriwal gave up office within 49 days of taking oath, after failing to agree on the passage of the Lokpal Bill.
“Last Sunday, at our wonderful rally at Jantar Mantar, we had given the BJP one week’s time to show that they wanted fresh elections in
Delhi. At that time, we had said that if this does not happen, the party would embark on a signature campaign throughout the city. We now have to go house to house and ask people if they want fresh elections,” Kejriwal said.
The former Delhi chief minister said elections were now “inevitable” and that the party must begin preparations in earnest.
“Elections will have to be called sometime or the other. It is my own political assessment that the elections will be called in December, according to calculations that I have made. So from Wednesday, volunteers will go house to house. When this is done, each house will be given one pamphlet. We have also made three videos, which volunteers will transfer to the mobile phones of residents. Therefore, in a sense, our preparations for elections will already have begun,” Kejriwal said.
Much of his over 40-minute message to party volunteers revolved around the AAP’s ideas of ‘Swaraj’ and Lokpal, marking a return to the messages given out by the party before the last Assembly elections.
“Many who left their jobs and came to the AAP were attracted by our ideals of ‘Swaraj’ and the Lokpal. During our tenure, look at the Lokpal and the Swaraj Bills that we tabled in the Assembly, and you will be proud. We gave up government because others would not let us pass them. We should be proud of the Aam Aadmi Party,” Kejriwal said.
Kejriwal also hit out at the AAP Volunteer Action Manch (AVAM). “These are the people that we must be wary of. They are trying to inflame volunteers with lies… There is no other party or institution that has the inner-party democracy that we do…,” he said.