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Punjab, Goa polls done, next stop for AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal is PM Modi’s Gujarat

india Updated: Feb 07, 2017 01:27 IST
Jatin Gandhi
Arvind Kejriwal

Aam Aadmi Party chief and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal addresses gathering during a rally in Kotshamir village in Bathinda, Punjab.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT File Photo)

After a high-pitched campaign in the recently concluded Punjab and Goa elections, the Aam Aadmi Party has turned its focus on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat where polls are due later this year.

The party is planning a show of strength in Gandhinagar on March 26, top party sources told HT on Monday.

“We have been running a campaign called Gujarat Azadi Andolan in all districts of the state. This campaign will culminate in a massive rally in Gandhinagar. The plan is to gherao chief minister Vijay Rupani,” an AAP leader involved with the campaign said.

The AAP’s volunteers have been identifying issues to corner the ruling BJP government, which has seen two chief ministers in Anandiben Patel and Rupani since Modi moved to Delhi as PM in 2014. Their focus is on farmers’ issues, healthcare and education, sources revealed. The party has carried out an elaborate exercise in all districts to both raise awareness about the party and identify the weak spots of the ruling party.

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The AAP has been focusing on states where the BJP and the Congress are a direct fight. The other states where AAP is focusing after the Punjab and Goa elections include Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

The results for Goa and Punjab will be declared on March 11. The party is confident of a good showing in Punjab. In Goa, a four-cornered contest and a high voter turnout of 83% has raised its hopes of opening its account in the state assembly. If it is able to trump the Congress and BJP-SAD in Punjab to emerge as the single largest party, AAP believes its efforts in Gujarat will get a fillip. Even a good number of seats will boost its image as a serious political player outside Delhi.

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