Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will contest the upcoming Assembly elections in Gujarat, IANS reported on Saturday. Senior AAP leader Gopal Rai made the announcement in Ahmedabad. “The BJP has ruled the state for many years but failed to fulfil the aspirations of the people of Gujarat. The Congress is in complete disarray. The people of Gujarat want an alternative, which the Aam Aadmi Party will provide,” Rai, party in-charge of Gujarat, was quoted as saying by IANS. However, Rai said that party will contest on seats where it has an organisational base, adding, that “clean” candidates will fight on the party symbol.
AAP’s announcement comes days after its victory in the Bawana Assembly by-polls in Delhi. The AAP candidate trounced the BJP nominee, who was an AAP turncoat, by a huge margin of over 24,000 votes.
Party chief Kejriwal had also visited the state and held massive rallies post the Patel agitation and the Una incident where several Dalit youth were allegedly flogged by cow vigilantes last year. The party has also constituted a committee to receive and scrutinise applications from aspirants.