AAP not to contest Mumbai civic polls, to focus on Punjab, Goa

In 2014, after all AAP candidates lost their deposits in the Lok Sabha elections, the party had decided not to contest the Maharashtra Assembly polls.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:November 16, 2016 3:21 am
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Citing weak organisational base in Mumbai, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has decided not to contest the Mumbai civic polls to be held in February next year and instead focus on the Punjab and Goa Assembly elections. AAP leaders said the decision was taken in a meeting last week attended by Deepal Bajpai, adviser to party’s national convener Arvind Kejriwal. “We were hoping that the Punjab and Goa Assembly polls may take place in January.

Now, it seems that the Assembly polls will happen only after the Union Budget in the first week of February. Since we want to focus on the Punjab and Goa Assembly elections, we have decided to stay out of Mumbai polls, which are likely to take place at the same time,” said Preeti Sharma Menon, the national spokesperson of AAP.

Menon added that the party did not have a strong organisational base in Mumbai. “We have only a handful of leaders in Mumbai. These leaders will be campaigning in Goa and Punjab. So, we won’t be in a good position to fight polls,” she said.

In August, by inaugurating the first mohalla clinic in Kurla (West), the AAP had virtually launched its poll campaign for the civic elections. Satish Jain, AAP’s coordinator for the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), had even announced the party’s plan to contest all 227 seats in the BMC polls.

For the last one year, the Maharashtra unit of AAP has been targeting top BJP and Shiv Sena ministers over corruption and other issues.

However, the party’s sudden decision to opt out of civic polls has not gone well with city leaders. “Certainly, a few leaders were of the view to contest polls as AAP has a good chance to make inroads into the city governance. But we must admit the lack of base in the city. Also, it needs a lot of procreatory work which was also not done by us,” said a party leader.

In 2014, after all AAP candidates lost their deposits in the Lok Sabha elections, the party had decided not to contest the Maharashtra Assembly polls.

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  1. A
    Nov 16, 2016 at 5:15 am
    विरोध करण्यापेक्षा जनतेला सेवा द्या. बँकेबाहेर मंडप घाला, बैठकीची व खानपानची सोय करा. निरक्षर लोकांना फॉर्म भरून द्या , लोकांना धीर द्या माहिती द्या . नकारात्मक बातम्या पसरून वातावरण गढूळ करू नका . lt;br/gt;ज्यास बँकांना ज्येष्ठांसाठी, स्त्रीयांसाठी, खातेदारांसाठी आणि खाते नसलेल्यांसाठी वेगळे काऊंटर चालू करण्यास सांगा कारण तुमच्याच पक्षाशी संलग्न युनियन त्या बँकावर आहेत.lt;br/gt;सगळी सामान्य जनता या धोरणाचे स्वागत करत आहे, उगाच बोंबाबोंब करू नका. त्यापेक्षा जनतेला मदत करा, त्याचा फायदा निवडणूकित तुमच्याच पक्षाला होईल.lt;br/gt;मतदान करताना नाही का लांब रांगा लावाव्या लागत ... तेव्हा नाही म्हणत तुम्हाला त्रास होत असेल तर नका करू आम्हाला मतदान.
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    arun dass
    Nov 16, 2016 at 2:26 am
    The stani printed money with AAP kejri is of no use , again he has turned to a bhikhari .....with fake money power he was trying to allure the public of Punjab , goa , maharastra and odisha......ha ha ha ...edian !!!
  3. G
    Nov 23, 2016 at 7:47 am
    AAP should definitely contest Mumbai civil polls. Mumbai is the city most in need of cleanup and where AAP will surely get a foothold to enter rest of India.