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Too early to expand at national level, believes AAP faction

Chetan Chauhan, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, January 10, 2014
First Published: 01:02 IST(10/1/2014) | Last Updated: 01:05 IST(10/1/2014)

The decision of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to go the whole hog in the Lok Sabha elections has become a little unsavoury with a faction in the party expressing its reservation. They feel that due to paucity of time for preparations, the move might boomerang and unscrupulous elements may also end up joining the party.

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On Saturday, the party had announced to contest most of the LS seats. The party is confident of doing well in the national arena in vote percentage, even if it fails to get a large chunk of seats. While there was unanimity that the party should use the 2014 polls for its national aspirations, there was a view that the party should test the waters only in its stronghold of Delhi, Haryana, western Uttar Pradesh and some urban centres.

“The party should first show that it can deliver and improve life of people in Delhi where it is in power. Spreading the wings across the country may prove counter-productive if the party fails to make a reasonable mark,” a party leader said.

The danger, sources say, is that the party would come under attack from different political parties, including regional outfits across India, whom it will challenge in the polls as the there is dearth of resources and infrastructure to counter the challenge.

Some leaders believe unscrupulous elements from other parties may join in the disguise of being reformist and side-line the genuine crusaders against corruption. The party does not have a mechanism to check the past record of those who are becoming its members. Not having a system to filter members may turn AAP into any other political party in India, party source said.


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