The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is planning to organise a state-level mega rally to boost the membership campaign before the announcement of the Lok Sabha elections.
This was disclosed by party's state convener Harjot Singh Bains, who has re-started working actively after the party high command clarified that the party will neither form any alliance or merge with Manpreet Badal's People's Party of Punjab (PPP).
The step of organising a rally is being considered as a damage-control move by the AAP leadership, as the party was facing criticism over the issue involving Delhi law minister Somnath Bharti and revolt by MLA Vinod Kumar Binny.
Talking to the Hindustan Times, Bains said, "The party is planning to hold a mega rally in Punjab, where senior party leaders like Yogendra Yadav, Sanjay Singh and Kumar Vishwas will address the gathering."
He did not disclose the venue and date of the rally but said the rally will give a boost to the membership campaign in Punjab, where the party was planning to contest all 13 seats in the coming Lok Sabha elections.
He, however, evaded a question regarding his month-long detachment from the party after the talks of PPP and AAP merger. "Now I am very much active and we are planning strategy for the coming Lok Sabha elections and the party has already decided to field its candidates from all 13 seats of the state," he added.
When asked whether the ongoing controversies over Delhi law minister Somnath Bharti and MLA Vinod Binny will affect the party's prospects in Punjab, he said, "I don't think so as the registration campaign is gaining momentum with every passing day and till date six lakh people from the state have joined the party."
On alliance with any political party in Punjab during the coming elections, he said, "There is no doubt that the entry of well-established politicians will harm membership drive in the state as people are joining AAP as a new alternative to the traditional parties. If the AAP will also form alliances with other politicians it will harm the party, which is in its nascent stage."
According to the party insiders, Harjot had left working after PPP chief Manpreet Badal had reportedly held secret meetings with top leaders of the AAP in Delhi. Worried over the talks of PPP's merger with AAP Harjot had also switched off his mobile phone until party's senior leader Yogendra Yadav clarified that the AAP will not form any alliance with the PPP.
Though the party has already declared to field its candidate on all 13 Lok Sabha seats of the state in the coming election, till date the party has managed to establish its organisational set up only in four districts of Sangrur, SAS Nagar, Rupnagar and Ludhiana.