In order to discuss the political roadmap for the newly founded party by former AAP leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan, Swaraj India, the highest decision-making body of the party, ‘Presidium’ will meet in Palampur, Himachal Pradesh on October 14 and 15.
During its two-day meet, the ‘Presidium’ comprising 17 members will draft a larger framework that will lay down ground rules for contesting elections in the future and its further plans.
“For urban and local body elections, the respective state units can take a call but for the bigger polls, the Presidium will set down a framework that will help decide on such issues. It will set the ground rules on the various processes involved in contesting polls,” said Anupam Singh, national spokesperson and a member of the Presidium.
Placing its focus on the upcoming municipal polls in Delhi, party leaders claimed that it is also eyeing the 21 assembly constituencies of the Aam Aadmi Party’s parliamentary secretaries, who face the possibility of disqualification if the Election Commission finds an office of profit violation. The party has begun preparations for these seats.
“Though there is very little time left for the Punjab and Goa assembly elections, we have still not ruled out the two states. In Uttarakhand, we have a reasonably good set-up and are contemplating if we are in a position to jump into the fray. Discussions on these three states are also high up on the agenda,” said another member of the Presidium.
Expelled AAP leaders Yadav and Bhushan on October 2 announced the formation of their new political party, Swaraj India. Earlier, on Jul 31, addressing the concluding session of a two-day Abhiyan national convention in Delhi, Yadav had announced the launching of the new political party by October 2 to provide an “alternative political vehicle”. After the ouster of both the leaders from AAP for alleged anti-party activities last year, the duo had co-founded Swaraj Abhiyan, socio-political body, to ‘take forward the anti-corruption movement’.