The Aam Aadmi Party has begun its drive for Arvind Kejriwal to be re-elected as Delhi chief minister with a campaign called Kejriwal Firse (Kejriwal Again)”. Senior leaders have said the party intends to “localise issues” for the Assembly election as far as possible, whenever they are announced.
Delhi has been without a chief minister since Kejriwal resigned on February 14. The 70- member Assembly elected last December remains suspended.
Since the BJP’s success in Haryana and Maharashtra, AAP leadership believes the Centre will bank on the momentum from these states and announce fresh Delhi elections soon.
“We have told our workers to be in campaign mode, and spread the word on the work done by the Arvind Kejriwal government,” a senior leader said.
The campaign has largely been divided into two parts. One focus area will be dedicated to the steps Kejriwal took while he was in power, such as the cut in power rates and the audit sanctioned on power companies. The other is to publicise the work of the 27 MLAs of the party, irrespective of whether done during the Kejriwal government or after government fell.
We have 27 seats at the moment and retaining them is an important part of the plan to return to the Delhi Assembly with a majority,” a senior leader said.
Former Delhi minister Manish Sisodia said the idea is to “showcase the work done by our MLA’s in this short period of time”.
He said, “There has been an emphasis on transparency, projects using MLA development funds and other government schemes. We want to remind people the things that have been accomplished by us in this period even though we are not in power.”
The online wing of the party has brought out “report cards” of certain MLAs with a list of “work” done by each legislator. The report card of Sanjeev Jha from Burari says, “Forty mohalla sabhas, 33 projects and Rs 4 crore allocated”.