After assembly poll loss, Punjab AAP braces for MC elections, wants dialogue with rebel MPs
On the issue of infighting in the party, Arora said AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal has been requested to initiate dialogue with party rebels, including Patiala MP Dharamvira Gandhi and Fatehgarh MP Harinder Singh Khalsa.punjab Updated: May 19, 2017 09:17 IST
After its defeat in Punjab assembly elections, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has started gearing up for municipal corporation (MC) elections in the state, which are scheduled to be held in July.
The party has constituted screening committees in Patiala to select probable candidates from 50 wards falling in Patiala (urban) and Patiala (rural) assembly segments.
AAP co-president Aman Arora held a meeting with party volunteers and workers of Patiala, to mobilise them for civic body elections, besides taking their feedback on party’s poor performance in recently concluded assembly elections.
“We have formed screening committees, which will work in coordination with district and zonal bodies to select candidates for better prospects of the party in civic body elections,” Arora said.
He added that AAP leaders and workers, who are already working in Patiala rural and urban constituencies, have been asked to strengthen the party in their respective areas.
“The required strategy to contest the civic body elections in the state will be prepared after re-structuring of party at zonal, district and local levels, the process for which is already on,” Arora said.
He said party leaders are also trying to ascertain what went wrong during the assembly elections.
DIALOGUE WITH REBELS
On the issue of infighting in the party, Arora said AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal has been requested to initiate dialogue with party rebels, including Patiala MP Dharamvira Gandhi and Fatehgarh MP Harinder Singh Khalsa.
“Both of them are respected leaders of the party and no dialogue has actually been initiated so far to convince them to work for the party. Kejriwal has been requested to seriously consider state unit’s request to have dialogue with both these leaders,” he said.
Arora admitted that the contribution of both these leaders to the party and society has been ignored.
On the alleged interference of central AAP leaders in Punjab affairs, Arora said the state leadership of the party is capable enough and taking all the decisions on their own.
“The party’s state unit is taking decisions independently, without any interference of the party’s high command in Delhi,” he said.
Meanwhile, the local bodies department has commenced the process of delimitation of municipal wards in Patiala. A five-member team from the department is conducting a door-to-door survey of population before taking a final decision on delimitation. The department has planned to come up with five new wards. With no extension in the MC limits on the cards, the five new wards will be carved out of present wards.
The civic body in Patiala got elevated to corporation in September 1997. The elections to the corporation were held for the first time in June 2002.