At a time when Delhi bypolls have have grabbed the limelight and put the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on the defensive, the Arvind Kejriwal led party is eying a win in the Haryana Assembly polls of 2019. In an exclusive interaction with The Indian Express, AAP’s Haryana convener Naveen Jaihind said, “The issue for us is ‘Badlo Haryana’. There is not one woman in the state who is not afraid of stepping out of her home. The women in the state are brave, so if they aren’t afraid of themselves, they are afraid for their daughters and sisters.” AAP is relying heavily on its performance in Haryana — due for Assembly polls in 2019 — to not just rule a “complete state” but also cement its position as a national player, party leaders revealed, as per the report. “We have heard about a number of gruesome rapes, including those of minors in the state. But I can assure you, that is just 10 per cent of the cases that are taking place in the state. The rest, we don’t get to know about because of the culture of silence,” added Jaihind.
Arvind Kejriwal led AAP has planned to quote the ‘Delhi Model’ and list the achievements of the Arvind Kejriwal government. “Whether it is giving compensation to farmers, supporting families of martyrs, giving free water or slashing electricity rates — AAP has done all of it in Delhi despite opposition from BJP. Imagine what it can do with a full state,” said Jaihind, as per the report. He said that AAP has been working on the ground in across 10,000 polling stations spread across 90 Assembly constituencies in Haryana.
“We have covered 70 per cent of the state already. The idea is that at the first level, each booth should be our target,” he said. Notably, the party had hoped that they would form the government in Punjab, but they eventually managed to establish themselves as the prime opposition in the state. “The main issues are unemployment, corruption, law, and order. There are no jobs,” Jaihind said. Asked about the party’s organisation, he added that the party was looking for “people who were capable, looking to contest polls, NGOs and social organisations” to join the party.