After facing crushing defeats earlier this year in Goa and Punjab state assembly elections, Aam Aadmi Party is now set to contest in Rajasthan. The news was confirmed by senior party leader Kumar Vishwas on Friday after a national executive meeting in the presence of Delhi’s deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia. Vishwas said that NE has assured that AAP will contest the election in Rajasthan. Vishwas who was recently appointed as Aam Aadmi Party’s Rajasthan unit chief said the party will consolidate on its base in the state with the help of booth workers. He also listened to all office bearers and volunteers who came from Rajasthan.
During the press conference, Sisodia said this is a fight for the rights of people and we will have to fight together. He added that the party will have to strengthen its base and become the voice of people. The announcement came just one day after JD (U) leader Sharad Yadav met Delhi Chief Minister and AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal to discuss the upcoming President election. Although the AAP termed it as a “routine” meeting between the two leaders, the development assumes significance as the opposition parties are working on a consensus candidate, reported PTI.
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Interestingly, the AAP was not invited in a meeting of opposition parties called by Congress president Sonia Gandhi last month. TMC supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had also met Kejriwal last month, but both sides said the topic of a consensus presidential candidate was not discussed. The AAP has 20 MLAs in Punjab, 66 in Delhi and four MPs in the Lok Sabha. The presidential polls will be held on July 17.
Yesterday a delegation of AAP tried to visit the violence-hit region of Mandsaur was stopped on way. “We were going to meet the families of the deceased farmers and did not have any intention to disrupt the law and order in Mandsaur but even then we were stopped,” party leader Sanjay Singh said.