Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which is beset with the problem of infighting for more than six months, will not contest the forthcoming municipal and local bodies elections to be held in Gujarat.
However, the party has resolved to contest December 2017 assembly elections on all 182 seats.
The chief reason for the party staying away from the local bodies polls scheduled to be held in October-November this year is the lack of organisational network of the party.
This is quite clear from the fact that the party is in the headless state since January this year after party’s state convener Sukhdev Patel tendered his resignation to pave the away for smooth takeover by former BJP MLA Dr. Kanubhai Kalsaria. But Dr. Kalsaria was also not been given the baton and the party continues to be without any head, resulting into inactivity of the party since then.
Party’s Delhi MLA Gulab Singh Yadav, the state in-charge of the party replacing journalist-turned-politician Ashish Khetan, candidly admitted on Thursday that the party was not in a position to fight the local bodies polls owing to lack of party’s network.
Yadav, who has been touring and meeting party workers of the state for the last four days to examine the political situation there and to understand the local political issues, said that the party would certainly contest the assembly elections in December 2017.
Yadav said that he was holding deliberations with the party workers at Lok Sabha and assembly seats level with a view to setting up party’s units in every assembly constituency with a view to mobilising people for 2017 assembly elections.
“We are currently engaged in preparing the party for the 2017 assembly elections. Being new, we will have to set up our units from the state to the booth level to fight the elections”, said Yadav.
“I have been given the assignment to set up the party unit at at state and local levels in Gujarat”, said Yadav, who is also in-charge of party Jammu and Kashmir unit.
Yadav said that the party would hold a state level public meeting in November end or in the beginning of December in Ahmedabad which would be addressed by party’s national leaders. Thereafter, he said the party would hold public meetings at regional levels as well. He said that the party had already divided the state in five zones for the convenience of political management and appointed their in-charges.
Yadav is confident that his party would emerge as a third force in the state which has been having only two party system.
AAP leader, however, refused to comment on the ongoing Patel reservation agitation.