With All Eyes on Punjab Campaign, AAP Shelves Idea to Contest in TN, Puducherry
Absence of strong party units, inadequate consultations prompt leaders to decide against contesting
ction of AAP leadership. Absence of strong party units in both places and inadequate consultations within the party appear to have prompted senior leaders to decide against contesting next month’s assembly polls.
“In the 2016 set of elections, we are not contesting anywhere. Promise was made to volunteers of Puducherry by Somnath Bharti, he even told it to the media that AAP will contest. Many people joined, lot of efforts were undertaken. But he did not talk first in Delhi and announced it there,” a senior party source told ET.
Further, this source said, announcing the intention to contest in Puducherry ensured that the Tamil Nadu unit also pushed for it and Bharti hi- nted as much while speaking with reporters. “The party unit there was found wanting. He did not undertake organisation building work and there is no face to project in Puducherry,” said the source.
Speculation was rife a couple of months ago that the AAP will contest in Tamil Nadu along with Vaiko’s MDMK. However, the party’s recent decision of rebuffing Vaiko’s request of support made the top leadership’s decision of not contesting clear.
“The Political Affairs Committee (PAC), which was not consulted before announcement of contesting polls in Puducherry, decided against contesting both polls,” another AAP leader said.