The Aam Admi Party (AAP), even after facing a string of losses in Assembly elections, has decided to contest the Rajasthan polls slated to be held by the end of next year, an Indian Express report said. The party is planning to take advantage of “existing rift in the Congress state unit in Rajasthan and anti-incumbency wave against the Vasundhara Raje government”, the report said.
“There is palpable anger among voters against the Raje government for failing to deliver on its promises and not making efforts to address issues such as attacks on Dalits and minorities. The Congress, which could have been a promising alternative, too does not have its house in order,” a senior leader of the party has been quoted by Indian Express as saying.
As per him, there has been a dissent in the Congress, following removal of former chief minister Ashok Gehlot as party’s state in-charge ahead of the Assembly polls and he being replaced by Sachin Pilot to take full charge.
In 2016, the ruling party in Delhi had appointed Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, the state in-charge for Rajasthan, but as party leadership busy with elections in Punjab and Goa, affecting the Delhi government work, the party had decided to retain Sisodia in the Capital.
Senior AAP leader Kumar Vishwas, was recently handed over the position after a section of the party demanded a larger role for him. The poet turned politician has since then not assumed charge, neither did he visited Rajasthan, drawing critical from the volunteers in the state.
The AAP, after its rout in Punjab and Goa, and a poor performance in the just-concluded Delhi municipal polls had decided to focus its attention on governance in the Capital.
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A few of party leaders have been insistent on shelving its national expansion plans. But while the AAP has put in hold its Gujarat plans, it is still gearing up for Rajasthan. “As for Gujarat later this year and Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh end of next year, a final call is yet to be taken. The state units are at work and are strengthening its organisational base but whether the party will eventually contest the polls is a call that will be taken in the coming weeks,” said a senior party functionary is quoted as saying by Indian Express.