‘Swaraj India’ to chart political roadmap at party ‘presidium’

Punjab, Goa, Uttarakhand, and Delhi civic polls on agenda.

Written by Sweta Dutta | New Delhi | Published:October 13, 2016 3:18 am
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With its focus on the upcoming municipal polls in Delhi, Swaraj India, the fledgling political party founded by former AAP leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan, is set to discuss its political roadmap for the coming year in the first meeting of its ‘Presidium’, the highest decision making body of the party, in Palampur, Himachal Pradesh on October 14 and 15.

Party leaders claimed that a robust organisational network in the national capital is already in place and it is, therefore, set to foray into electoral politics with the municipal polls slated in the middle of next year.

Senior party leaders said it is also eyeing the 21 assembly constituencies of the Aam Aadmi Party’s parliamentary secretaries, who face the possibility of disqualification if the Election Commission finds an office of profit violation. The party has begun preparations for these seats.

During its two-day meet, the ‘Presidium’ comprising 17 members will first draft a larger framework that will set down ground rules for contesting elections in the future and thereafter discuss its future plans. “For urban and local body elections, the respective state units can take a call but for the bigger polls, the Presidium will set down a framework that will help decide on such issues. It will set the ground rules on the various processes involved in contesting polls,” said Anupam Singh, national spokesperson and a member of the Presidium.

“Though there is very little time left for the Punjab and Goa assembly elections, we have still not ruled out the two states. In Uttarakhand, we have a reasonably good set-up and are contemplating if we are in a position to jump into the fray. Discussions on these three states are also high up on the agenda,” said another member of the Presidium.

“An announcement can be expected for the Delhi municipal elections. The party is well-equipped to contest the MCD polls next year and has already done enough groundwork. We have representatives in each ward already,” he added.