Even as the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is contesting 434 seats nationwide, its eyes are set on "50 important seats where the electoral fight is quiet close", say party sources.
The party is mum on what its final Lok Sabha debut tally would be, but has expressed confidence of breaching the double figure mark. Top AAP leaders told dna that, "in tune with their objective of becoming an honest, national alternative", their "first and foremost objective is to occupy the mind space and heart space of people across India".
Of the 50 constituencies, 11 are from Delhi-NCR area alone, at least four-five seats are from Punjab and Maharashtra each followed by seats in Karnataka, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Odisha and Uttarakhand. The party is confident of achieving the 'national' party status post the election.
"The final tally will only be clear on May 16, but it may touch the double figure mark. We are keeping our fingers crossed," said a senior AAP leader, who did not wish to be indetified.
AAP insiders say the party is expecting to win at least four seats in the national capital where Arvind Kejriwal ran a government for 49 days with outside support from the Congress. Although Kejriwal's hasty resignation, as admitted by many of AAP leaders, did dent the party's chances, his taking on a fight against BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has helped them across India.
AAP has been on a roller coaster ride in the last few months, from selecting candidates, mobilising funds and volunteers, organising campaigns with minimum funds, etc. The result of all these efforts will reflect in the total votes that we get across India, said a senior AAP leader.
AAP has fielded 434 candidates in the 2014 Lok Sabha election; this is seven more than the 427 candidates put up by the BJP, which is being predicted by many opinion polls as a frontrunner to form the next government. Congress has fielded 457 candidates.
To increase their national footprint, AAP had stitched unions with activists and their movements across India. AAP had hoped that people attached with those movements or agitation of activists would naturally join them.