Swaraj India, the newly founded party by expelled AAP leaders Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan in its two-day ‘Presidium’ has decided to contest the municipal polls in Delhi in 2017. Comprising 17 members, the meet concluded that it was prepared to contest the upcoming municipal polls on all seats.
The Presidium, the highest decision-making body of the party met in Palampur, Himachal Pradesh on October 14 and 15.
“We are prepared to contest on all the MCD seats and hence the Presidium has unanimously decided to go ahead with it. An eight-member empowered election team, led by the party’s general secretary Ajit Jha, has been formed to oversee the preparations in Delhi. As for the states going for assembly polls, state teams and observers will complete a ground assessment at the earliest and a final call will be taken after that,” said Presidium member and national spokesperson Anupam. The party will launch a campaign in the coming months.
Ahead of the meet, party leaders claimed that Swaraj India 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.
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’.