Goa, Hi­machal, MP & Kar­nataka on AAP’s Radar

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

New Delhi: Af­ter Pun­jab, the Aam Aadmi Party is op­ti­mistic about its elec­toral prospects i n Goa, Hi­machal Pradesh, Kar­nataka and Mad­hya Pradesh, and lo­cal units there have al­ready be­gun to pre­pare them­selves for state elec­tions, say party lead­ers. Ex­pan­sion be­yond Delhi and Pun­jab and con­test­ing elec­tions in other states was on the mind of sev­eral AAP lead­ers when the Na­tional Coun­cil (NC) of the party met to re­elect its na­tional level bod­ies and of­fice bear­ers. Con­vener and Supremo Arvind Ke­jri­wal made his po­si­tion on the is­sue clear in a 24-minute ad­dress. Con­ced­ing that many party mem­bers had ap­proached him to dis­cuss con­test­ing elec­tions in other states, in­clud­ing those in which they knew vic­tory was not pos­si­ble, Ke­jri­wal un­der­lined prob­a­bil­ity of vic­tory as a key fac­tor to con­test polls.

“This key or de­ci­sion (sic.) about con­test­ing is not in my hands. It is in your hands. Wher­ever con­di­tions are cre­ated for 50: 50 prob­a­bil­ity of win­ning (we will con­test). If the con­di­tions are cre­ated, then what op­po­si­tion can there be in con­test­ing elec­tions? Surely, we will con­test elec­tions. But not for win­ning 3 out of 100 seats, 90 out of 100. Vic­tory or de­feat is in god’s hands, not ours. But at least there should be chances o f win­ning, ” s a i d Kej r i wal. Em­pha­sis­ing that con­test­ing elec­tions was a means to “chang­ing the sys­tem”, he im­plored party col­leagues to do the “hard work” of door-to-door cam­paign­ing and pre­par­ing booth vol­un­teers.

Ke­jri­wal un­der­lined prob­a­bil­ity of vic­tory as a key fac­tor to con­test­ing elec­tions

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