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