AAP Eyes Gu­jarat, Launches ‘Azadi An­dolan’ Across 182 As­sem­bly Seats

Ke­jri to Un­dergo Treat­ment in Ben­galuru

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

New Delhi: Af­ter wrap­ping up the elec­tions in Pun­jab and Goa, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has now set its eyes on Gu­jarat which is ex­pected to go to polls in De­cem­ber this year.

With the BJP rul­ing the state since 2002, the party has kick started its ‘Gu­jaratAzadiAn­dolan’,atwo-month long po­lit­i­cal cam­paign across all 182 as­sem­bly seats. Ac­cord­ing to AAP lead­ers, the cam­paign will essen­tially train its guns on BJP na­tional pres­i­dent Amit Shah. Delhi MLA Gu­lab Singh Ya­dav, who is in-charge of Gu­jarat Af­fairs in AAP said that the cam­paign is aimed at ‘free­ingth­ep­eo­pleof Gu­jarat­fromthe fear, cor­rup­tion, in­jus­tice and ex­ploita­tion preva­lent un­der the present gov­ern­ment.’ “Every­thing works at the com­mand of Shah who mi­cro man­ages every­thing -from pol­i­tics to trade- in Gu­jarat. AAP wants to end that,” he said. The cam­paign will end on March 26. Even though party hon­cho Arvind Ke­jri­wal has vis­ited the state twice last year and mem­bers of AAPGu­jarathaveinthep­a­s­toneyear or­gan­ised protest ral­lies and raised is­sues against the rul­ing BJP, party spokesper­son­HarshilNayak­saidthis is the first full-fledged po­lit­i­cal cam­paign launched by the party in the state and is an at­tempt to strengthen the party’s pres­ence at the booth level. “We will be reach­ing out to all 45,000 booths in the Gu­jarat through this cam­paign in an or­gan­ised way,” Nayak said.

“We have or­gan­ised all 45,000 booths inthes­tatein­clus­ter­sof Khands(clus­ters of 20 booths) and Sami­tis (5 booths) and our vol­un­teers will reach out to cit­i­zens through lo­cal sab­has to un­der­stand their prob­lems and com­plaintsagain­st­thein­cum­bent­gov­ern­ment,” Nayak said adding that the ex­er­cise will cul­mi­nate in com­pil­ing ‘Maang­pa­tras’ which will be a list of de­mands and griev­ances from cit­i­zens in each booth. These ‘Maan Pa­tras’, sim­i­lar to the var­i­ous ‘Di­a­logues’ held by the party in the run-up to the As­sem­bly elec­tions in Delhi, Pun­jab and Goa, will then be hande­dover­tocur­ren­tChief Min­is­ter Vi­jay Ru­pani. With the Delhi lead­er­ship cur­rently oc­cu­pied with elec­tion­sPun­jab and Goa, Nayak said the cam­paign was only a first in the party’s ef­fort in the run-up to elec­tions. NEW DELHI: A gru­elling elec­tion cam­paign in Pun­jab and Goa seems to have taken a toll on AAP leader and Delhi Chief Min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal. With his blood su­gar lev­els on the rise and a cough plagu­ing him, Ke­jri­wal is ex­pected to leave for Ben­galuru on Fe­bru­ary 7 for a natur­opa­thy treat­ment in the city. Leav­ing with his wife, Su­nita Ke­jri­wal, the AAP party hon­cho is ex­pected to be back only on Fe­bru­ary 21. He ar­rived in Delhi from Chandi­garh on Satur­day, along with other min­is­ters of the Delhi cab­i­net. —OPB

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