Under increasing pressure from its volunteers across the country following its impressive electoral performance in the Capital, the AAP leadership on Monday admitted its initial plan of contesting around 100 Lok Sabha seats may have to be increased three-fold.
Aam Aadmi Party leaders say two major developments since last three weeks, its stunning debut with 28 seats in the capital followed by the government formation, appear to have altered the political landscape considerably.
Supporters of activist turned politician Arvind Kejriwal listen to his speech during the launch of the 'Aam Aadmi Party' in New Delhi. (HT Photo)
With less than four months left for the Lok Sabha elections, the AAP is likely to release its first list of candidates within 15-20 days and the party has decided to do away with the process of making public the names of probable candidates on each seats given the lack of time.
AAP convenor and the Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had pinned hopes on the outcome of elections in the capital since the party was formed last year, and his colleagues point out that the strategy seems to have worked.
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Senior party leader Sanjay Singh, who has been given the charge of finalising the party's plan for the Lok Sabha polls along with key strategist Yogendra Yadav, said the public mood cannot be ignored and sentiments of volunteers will be taken into account.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal talks on a phone as he is seated to assume the office in New Delhi. (AP photo)
"Our initial assessment was to contest around 100 Lok Sabha seats, but given the surge in favour of the party following the Delhi assembly results and the enthusiastic response we are getting from many parts of the country, we will certainly have to revise our plans," Singh told HT.
On how many seats the party could contest, given the lack of time and the AAP's limited organisational capacity beyond the capital, Singh replied :"This could have been true before the Delhi election results. Though a final decision has to be taken by the party's Political Affairs Committee, but candidates on 300 Lok Sabha seats don't seem impossible. Though at the same time we will keep our limited resources in mind."
Singh said though the AAP has asked the aspiring candidates for the Lok Sabha polls to apply online, but the stringent scrutiny process which was followed during the assembly elections will continue unaltered.
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