Starting Wednesday, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convenor Arvind Kejriwal is set to undertake an almost three-week long six-week tour ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.
These states include, not necessarily in the chronological order, Maharashtra, Goa, Gujarat, Karnataka and Punjab. His tour starts on Wednesday with a visit to Gujarat. The Kejriwal-led party has already declared 70 candidates from 16 states, including these states.
The Election Commission is set to announce dates for Lok Sabha election on Wednesday.
Whether or not Kejriwal himself contests the Parliamentary polls, the party has already declared that the polls will be fought under his leadership. Also, the various state units have been demanding for quite some time the tour of respective states by the party’s most identifiable and popular face.
“After four days in Gujarat, culminating with the rally on March 8, Kejriwal will travel to Mathura on March 9. He will be there in Goa on 11,” party sources said.
The next lap includes three days – March 13, 14 and 15 – in Maharashtra’s Mumbai and Thane, followed by a day long tour on March 16 in Karnataka’s Bengaluru. “Apart from meeting local party office bearers and volunteers, Kejriwal will be holding road shows and addressing rallies,” the source added.
Kejriwal and other top party leaders had undertaken a three-day road show drawing large crowds in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh with a rally at Kanpur on March 2. While announcing the names, the party has maintained that 5Cs – criminality, corruption, cast-related violence, community-related violence and character – and the ‘winability’ of the candidate are important.