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Yogendra Yadav to focus on AAP's national campaign, won't contest

Saikat Datta , Hindustan Times  New Delhi, January 08, 2014
First Published: 21:35 IST(8/1/2014) | Last Updated: 08:35 IST(9/1/2014)

Senior AAP leader and ideologue Yogendra Yadav will focus on overseeing the fledgling party's national campaign for the Lok Sabha election and not contest the polls himself, he said on Wednesday.

“I would personally like to contest the election but we are a small party and we have a lot to do,” Yadav said while meeting people at the party office in Delhi. Yadav has been travelling extensively in the southern and central districts of Haryana districts to drum up support for the party for the general election, likely to start in April, and the assembly poll that should follow soon after.

The most recognisable face of the party after Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, Yadav is saddled with a host of responsibilities as the party plans to step up to the national challenge.

 “Unlike the established parties which have several departments, we have only one team that has to screen and select the candidates, prepare the campaign material, the strategy and the manifesto. We have a lot of work cut out for us and if the party needs me here, I will have no choice but to stay in Delhi and not contest,” he said, adding that no final decision on his electoral future had been taken.

Yadav will have other senior party leaders Sanjay Singh and Pankaj Gupta as members of the national election committee as they roll out a nation-wide outreach programme.

“We need to look at our economic policies, taxation issues and other critical areas. For this we are contacting a host of experts from various fields – corporate, NGOs, economists, academics and experts. This will take seven to eight weeks and for that I need to be here,” said Yadav, who headed the AAP’s manifesto committee for the Delhi assembly elections.

A trained psephologist, Yadav will screen candidates for the Lok Sabha constituencies where AAP feels it has a reasonable chance of success.

When this is done, he may consider being fielded in the assembly elections in Haryana.


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