In a bid to cash in on its popularity after its Delhi success, the Aam Aadmi Party will launch a national campaign to enroll new members from January 10, even as it ruled out contesting all 545 seats in the country.
The party has decided to contest seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi and all 10 seats in Haryana along with all the 90 assembly seats in the state, should polls be advanced there or held on normal schedule.
At the end of the AAP's two-day National Executive meeting, senior party leader Yogendra Yadav said today that the party has decided to field maximum number of candidates in Lok Sabha, but ruled out contesting in all 545 constituencies.
"Though it is sure that we will contest election from a large number of seats, at present we are not sure that we will contest from all 545 seats. We hope to contest from at least 15-20 states," Yadav said after the meeting that finalised the strategies for general elections.
Yadav said the first list of candidates will be announced by January 20 following a rigorous screening process and maintained that candidates with allegations of corruption and facing criminal charges will not be given party tickets.
Yadav said the party will contest the Lok Sabha elections under Arvind Kejriwal's leadership.
"AAP will contest the Lok Sabha elections under the leadership of Arvind Kejriwal. It is still to early to discuss about the party's prime ministerial candidate," he said. The party has announced a nationwide fortnight campaign -
Main Bhi Aam Aadmi - for enrolling new members from January 10. Senior leader Gopal Rai has been made the overall incharge of the membership drive.
Yadav said, "The enthusiasm and faith of people in the party has prompted us to start the drive. Through this campaign we will also get to know where we stand. It will help us in this assessment and to work on the party's organisational structure and election strategies."
"In the meeting it came to light that after our victory in Delhi and after our government formation in Delhi, people have seen a ray of hope, have shown great faith in us be it villages of Haryana, Gujarat or Tamil Nadu.
"Looking at the amount of interest people have shown towards the party, the party has decided that it will work on its organisational structure and election strategies," Yadav said.
He said AAp is working on its election strategies