Emerging confident after winning 28 seats and successfully putting its government in place in Delhi, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has now set its eyes on the Lok Sabha elections.
Making its political intentions very clear, the AAP on Saturday declared that it has made up its mind to fight in maximum number of states and on maximum number of seats and it will keep away from personality-centric politics of both Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi — at the centre of its politics will be the common man whose wishes and problems will be its agenda.
The declaration coming after its astonishing success story in Delhi has the potential of not only making the Congress and the BJP uneasy but could also make several regional heavyweight political parties sit up and redraw their political algorithm and even agenda.
An interesting change to this effect could be seen in Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren replicating Kejriwal’s example by asking all its ministers and officials to refrain from using red beacons atop their official vehicles.
The AAP that is often cornered during intellectual discussions for not having its politics clear on various raging issues like communalism and relationship with Pakistan, etc. is expected to come out with definitive pointers at the end of the two-day brain storming session.
It would be interesting to see the AAP’s take on major issues as it then would give the other political parties like BJP and the Congress a handle to draw in a political debate.
Coming out after the first day deliberations of the two-day national executive meet in Delhi, Prashant Bhushan, one of the chief mentors of the party, said, “With the formation of AAP government in Delhi a lot of positive energy has been unleashed in the whole country and a big hope has been awakened among public, who had become despondent due to high level of corruption in politics, that a new alternative is born that not only can give a clean and healthy government but can also start a fresh alternate politics.”
Preferring to call the AAP not a political party but a movement for clean politics with common man at the pivot, Bhushan and AAP spokesperson Sanjay Singh said that AAP would declare most of their candidates for the Lok Sabha elections by February 15 and the list of all candidates by February end.
“Wherever our party has reasonable structure and can give honest and good candidate, the AAP will fight election from that place,” said Bhushan, claiming great enthusiasm for the AAP even in the remote rural hinterland across several states.
“The process that was adopted for screening candidates for the Delhi assembly elections will be repeated for Lok Sabha elections. All the names will be vetted by the district committees and only those candidates who do not have any criminal case against them and enjoy a clean and positive image among people will be forwarded to state committee who would again do a screening test and finally the political affairs committee will finalise the names,” said Singh.
The AAP is expected to come out with an elaborate strategic action plan for the Lok Sabha elections at the end of the national executive meet on Sunday.
The party refused to divulge the name of its prime ministerial candidate and said that it would decide on it after the Lok Sabha election results.