With elections slated to be held next March, the Aam Aadmi Party is set on expanding its reach in coastal Goa. And while party workers in the state have already begun their election campaign ‘Goa Jodo’, a ‘massive’ Arvind Kejriwal rally in the state capital Panaji is set to give party workers the much needed boost.
While state party leaders are tight-lipped about what Kejriwal will announce at the meeting, sources in the party have told IndianExpress.com that the AAP leader could well make an announcement on the likes of the ones he did before the Delhi polls — be it promising better water and electricity rates or better public health and education facilities that evolve from grass-root consultations.
“You can expect some big announcements from Kejriwal at the rally on May 22,” AAP’s Goa leader Valmiki Naik said, adding that party workers were geared up for the event and that the public meeting will be a huge success.
Unlike other parties, Naik said, “we don’t need to bring in party workers from other states to attend the event.”
The rally, slated to be held at Panaji’s Campal Grounds, will see Kejriwal, along with top party leaders from the national and state executive, take on the ruling BJP and highlight what the AAP terms as failures of the Laxmikant Parsekar government.
Gearing up for the event, Kejriwal on Tuesday tweeted out a video message urging Goans to attend the event. “Last year, Delhiites gave our party 67 of 70 seats. Since then, we’ve reduced corruption and Delhi has seen a lot of development. Now it’s time for Goa too,” he said, asking voters to attend the May 22 rally.
Will Kejriwal’s presence in Goa give the party a boost? Only time will tell.
— Aam Aadmi Party Goa (@AAPGoa) May 10, 2016