The Vadodara unit of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is toying with the idea of taking the plunge into the upcoming civic polls in October. The party, which has seen a change at the state executive with Ashish Khetan being appointed as the observer in Gujarat, announced its plan to build foundation before the polls, on Sunday.
Although the decision about contesting the civic polls will be taken by the party leadership, the members of the party’s Vadodara unit said Mohalla Sabhas and strengthening of the party at the grass root levels will be the first steps towards a possible contest in VMC polls.
On Sunday, the AAP unit of Vadodara announced its plan to carry forward the Mission Vistaar, a call sounded by the party’s executive body to expand base in the state. Party workers in Vadodara said the newly appointed state observer, Khetan, will visit Vadodara with a team of five executive members to oversee the preparedness of the unit for the polls.
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Ritu Bansal, Social Media and IT Coordinator of the AAP Vadodara unit said, “Our focus is on raising the issues on the ground. We are awaiting the signal from the party executive to prepare for the civic polls. Ashish Khetan has already told us in a meeting that the districts that are prepared for polls, will contest. So, as we are already very active on the ground, there is a good likelihood of the party going for the VMC polls. The observer will make a visit to Vadodara in the next few days to take a call.”
According to the party’s city unit, taking up civic issues are working in their favour. Bansal says, “We will commence the Mohalla Sabhas shortly to strengthen the party here. We are about 19,000 members but we are expecting more numbers to join as we approach the polls. People do want a change here. It is clear from the mood.”
The party, which has been taking keen interest in local civic issues is also reaching out to citizens through social media. According to the internal party statistics of AAP, the social media reach of the Vadodara unit is top in Gujarat, Bansal said.