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Upbeat over its success in Delhi, Aam Aadmi Party to test political waters in Rajasthan

Friday, 13 December 2013 - 1:48pm IST | Place: Jaipur | Agency: DNA
Newly-born party plans to contest Lok Sabha and JMC elections in state next year.

After making a stunning debut on the political pitch in recently concluded assembly elections in Delhi where it dethroned the oldest party of country –the Congress– out of power defeating its CM Sheila Dikshit, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has now set its eyes on Rajasthan.

Upbeat over its success in Delhi, AAP, which was formed last year, is planning to contest the Lok Sabha and the Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC) elections, which are scheduled to be held next year. The state unit of AAP has already started its preparations in this regard after getting a green signal from party’s national council.

The party, which is still in its infancy, turned out to be a giant killer in Delhi causing the defeat of Congress government that was in power since 1998. Though, AAP stood second with 28 seats in Delhi elections, after the BJP which won 32 seats, it (AAP) hogged the entire limelight when Arvind Kejriwal defeated Sheila Dikshit, who was the chief minister for consecutive three terms since 1998.

According to the sources, the party has started preparations for contesting parliamentary elections on all the 25 Lok Sabha seats in the state and from all the 77 wards of the JMC. Both these elections are scheduled to be held next year.

Sources said the party has started exercise to set party’s base among the people of the state. For this, the party has decided to take up the issues concerning the local people. The party has also decided to adopt the strategy that it used in Delhi. The party would take up corruption, electricity, water and the tainted leaders to win the confidence of the local people.

Sources further said that the party has started collecting the data about corruption cases against the Congress and BJP leaders. The party will formally start campaigning for the parliamentary and the JMC elections after getting a go-ahead from its national council.

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