A DAY after the JD(U) announced its plan to launch an anti-BJP campaign ahead of Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency, Varanasi, the Aam Aadmi Party said it will organise a jan samwad (public meeting) in the city on January 24.
The two-day meeting, which will be held just two days after Modi’s visit to Varanasi, will be addressed by party leader and Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and party’s UP in-charge Sanjay Singh.
AAP state spokesperson Vaibhav Maheshwari told The Sunday Express that MLAs Alka Lamba, Amanatullah Khan and party leader Kumar Vishwas will also address the public meeting. They will also attend a meeting with party workers to discuss preparations for the Assembly polls, he added.
Maheshwari said AAP leaders will represent Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who had unsuccessfully contested the 2014 Lok Sabha election in Varanasi against Modi. They will ask party workers to highlight the achievements of the Kejriwal government and reforms done in the sectors of education, power supply and health in Delhi. “The problem that the AAP government is facing in functioning due to lack of cooperation from the central government will also be highlighted before the public,” he said.
“Poor condition of power sector and law-and-order situation in UP will be issues that will be addressed to target the Akhilesh Yadav government. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is also not intervening in UP affairs despite a poor law-and-order situation in his home state. BJP MPs are only concerned for development in their own constituencies,” he said.
Party leaders said Kejriwal is likely to address a public meeting in Lucknow in March to launch the party’s campaign for the 2017 Assembly polls.