The Aam Aadmi Party is now gearing up for the 2019 Lok Sabha Polls. According to The Indian Express, AAP’s Delhi convener Gopal Rai met party members from all seven Lok Sabha constituencies in December outlining plans to strengthen booth-level engagement.
The news that is doing the rounds is that at least four MLAs are being considered as AAP candidates for the general elections as per party sources. Senior leader Ashutosh said that the preparations were on and several names were being discussed. “It is early to take a final decision but work has started on the ground. The decision whether or not to field me again rests entirely with the party, and the issue has not been discussed with me yet,” Ashutosh was quoted saying by IE.
In 2014, three MLAs had got tickets for the Lok Sabha polls. They were Mangolpuri MLA Rakhi Birla from northwest Delhi; former Rajouri Garden MLA Jarnail Singh from west Delhi; and Bijwasan MLA Devender Sehrawat from south Delhi. Senior leader Ashutosh had contested from Chandni Chowk, Rajmohan Gandhi from east Delhi, Ashish Khetan from New Delhi, and former party member Anand Kumar from northeast Delhi. But, chances of the above leaders contesting for the 2019 polls is unlikely. While Anand Kumar left the party after a fallout in 2015, Sehrawat was suspended from AAP’s primary membership in 2016. Jarnail Singh contested the Punjab Assembly elections and lost, and is unlikely to be repeated as a candidate. As for Rajmohan Gandhi, age might be an issue. Party sources said that one contestant from 2014 who stands a strong chance to get a ticket in 2019 is Rakhi Birla.
A senior party leader was quoted as saying that the most popular MLAs have a chance at getting a ticket. “The party brought in outsiders for two Rajya Sabha seats, but general elections are a different ball game. People need to identify with the candidates. A few MLAs have already been given indications and have been asked to visit Lok Sabha constituencies regularly,” said the AAP leader.
Meanwhile, in December 2017, Kejriwal had said that a roadmap has been created for the next two years ahead of the 2017 polls, in which all the unauthorised colonies in Delhi will be redeveloped along with the focus on drinking water, pipelines, roads and sewer connections. He said that AAP is coming to them unlike other political parties and will fulfill its promises.