Aam Aadmi Party set to go National

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Photo: Vijay Pandey
AAP victory celebration in Delhi assembly election Photo: Vijay Pandey

In a move to reconcile the much talked about internal rift of Aam Aadmi Party following the party’s chief Arvind Kejriwal return from Bangalore, the AAP has decided to go national and contest elections in other states. The party’s big step was taken at the national convener’s Kaushambi residence after a two-hour long political affairs committee (PAC) meeting.

 “After spectacular victory in Delhi and seeing the love of the people, we have decided to expand at the national level,” party leader Sanjay Singh said. “The party will expand. We will work to strengthen our organisation in other states. A decision on which states the party should contest elections will be taken only after looking at political capacity and leadership in those states.”

 The AAP’s high profile Political Affairs Committee (PAC) also decided to enroll “active volunteers” and to form a committee to decide their role in different states. The party also wants to send a clear message to volunteers in states, who make up the bulk of the party’s cadres, that Mr Kejriwal in not opposed to contesting elections in some states where the party’s organisational strength is good.

 Meanwhile, Yogendra Yadav, who was ousted from the party’s powerful political affairs committee recently, welcomed the party’s decision, saying the move was taken to push it in the right direction. “Welcome PAC’s statement to expand the organisation nationally & to consider contesting elections outside Delhi. Step in the right direction,” Yadav said in a tweet.

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