The massive defeats in Assembly elections of Goa and Punjab Assembly polls and in Delhi Municipal Elections have not affected the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) as far as their expansionist policy is concerned. Getting over from the recent defeats, the party is planning to contest the upcoming assembly polls in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh to be held next year. The party has also not ruled itself out from the race in Gujarat polls, which will be held later this year but has decided not to contest in Himachal Pradesh where it says it does not have a strong support base. However, the decisions on the party’s expansion plans will be made final in the days ahead in its Political Affairs Committee meetings, reported The Indian Express.
According to a senior AAP leader, the party is targeting states where there is a two-party system. Wherever there are two parties, there is space for a third, argues the leader giving the example of Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections where there were already five parties contesting. The leader confirmed that the party will take a final decision on the state in about a week’s time, the report added.
WATCH | Arvind Kejriwal cannot use public money for personal legal bills, says ASG Sanjay Jain
The AAP is going through massive churn after the allegations of corruption were made by its sacked minister Kapil Mishra as well as other political parties. Besides this, the party is facing another setback – shortage of money. The party leaders said that after the campaignings in Goa and Punjab, the coffers are empty. They further said that the condition has become “very tough” for them as their opponents are going after all their donors, even the smallest one. However, they did not explain why the list of donors or donation trends have been missing from the AAP website for almost a year.
WATCH | Kapil Mishra alleges shocking money fraud charges against Arvind Kejriwal and AAP
Amid all this, the party has gone back to concentrate on the national capital where it runs its government, the report added quoting party sources. In the past week, all party leaders and MLAs have been asked to meet people of their respective areas on a regular basis and hold contact programmes there. It is also keeping close eyes on water-borne diseases like Dengue. A senior party official said the CM himself is trying to make sure that the situation is not like it was during the chikungunya outbreak last year.