AAP banks on anti-corruption plank to go national

  • Nagender Sharma, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Dec 23, 2013 00:42 IST

The debutant Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has pinned hopes on its yet to be formed government in the capital and the anti-corruption plank to provide it the launching pad for the Lok Sabha elections.

The AAP leadership has decided to take the risk of forming a minority government with the outside support of the Congress, despite its pre-election promise of not doing so, in a bid to prove that the party is a serious political player and is not afraid to accept the challenge of governance.

Despite a divided opinion within its political affairs committee and also among its 28 MLAs, many of AAP’s senior leaders argued that a repoll along with the Lok Sabha elections would force the party to confine itself to the capital.

This was reflected in a series of public meetings addressed by the party leader Arvind Kejriwal. “You have created history and proved that when aam aadmi stands up big kingdoms fall. It is now time to do it across the nation,” he said.

Kejriwal and his colleagues appear to be working on a plan to identify those promises in the manifesto which can be implemented at the earliest, and at the same time continue tough language against the Congress in the public.

The party will concentrate on the National Capital Region, Haryana, Rajasthan and parts of Uttar Pradesh, where the impact of its performance in the capital is expected to be the maximum. It will also contest Lok Sabha elections in Madhya Pradesh, for which it will organise various events, awareness drives, door-to-door meetings and rallies across the state in the coming months.

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