Despite the growing buzz about its expansion plans following the spectacular debut in the Delhi assembly elections, the Aam Aadmi Party is likely to keep its focus confined to the National Capital Region and neighbouring states of Haryana and Rajasthan till the Lok Sabha elections.
Though pressure is mounting on the party leadership to go beyond the capital in a big way, AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal and his core team seem to be inclined to consolidate the gains made in the capital.
The AAP performance in the capital has no doubt lifted the morale of its cadres, but the original plan of going big in other states on the basis of getting a majority in Delhi, will have to be altered now.
Kejriwal said Delhi results have provided a new direction to the common man but the party will have to balance between the aspirations and real ground situation. “We will certainly contest the Lok Sabha polls. On how many seats and in which states, is yet to be decided by the party,” he told HT.
Faced with near certain simultaneous Lok Sabha and Delhi assembly polls five months from now, the AAP leadership is veering towards concentrating its entire energy and resources in the NCR region and Haryana, where it has been able to put in place an organisational setup.
Apart from seven Lok Sabha seats in the capital, Gurgaon, Ghaziabad, Gautam Budh Nagar, Meerut, Faridabad, Rohtak, Hisar, Kurushetra, Jaipur and Sonipat seem to be on the AAP radar as of now.
The party is prepared to contest around 20 Lok Sabha seats where it can give a good fight to the established parties and will seriously consider the proposals from urban centres like Mumbai and Bangalore where it already has active units.
“This will all depend on our preparations. Let us see how it goes in the coming days,” said a party leader.