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

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

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.

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