With eyes firmly set on the upcoming general elections, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is all set to blow the poll bugle this fortnight with its convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal embarking upon constituency-wise meetings of party workers till January 16.
Addressing the gathering of party workers from South Delhi Lok Sabha seat, Kejriwal asserted his party will “fulfil its duty” of defeating the ruling party at the Centre on all seven parliamentary seats in Delhi.
The Chief Minister also said that a vote for Congress in the upcoming Lok Sabha election will mean victory of Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP). Kejriwal’s assertion has come amid a speculation that the Aam Aadmi Party may ally with the Congress to challenge the BJP in Parliamentary polls due this year. Kejriwal asked the workers to explain the arithmetic of coming polls to voters.
In the last Lok Sabha election, (in Delhi) BJP got 46 per cent votes and AAP obtained 33 per cent and Congress 15 per cent votes, he said.
“The surveys reveal BJP is going to lose 10 per cent of its vote share this time and you need to tell people that if these votes are polled by AAP, it will win all seven seats in Delhi by scoring 43 per cent votes. You have to explain to people that voting for Congress means victory of BJP,” Kejriwal told AAP workers.
He asserted Congress faced defeat in 2014 because of the unity of all and now is the time to remove the “autocracy” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah from the country.
Convener of Delhi AAP Gopal Rai said the office-bearers will be given responsibility of polling booths. For every 10 households, a ‘Vijay Pramukh’ will be appointed for direct connect with voters. The AAP has already announced party in-charges for all the seven Lok Sabha constituencies. The issue of alliance remains unsettled so far with both AAP and Congress not officially rejecting its possibility.
Rai had said the Political Affairs Committee of AAP will take a decision on it later.
Speculations over an alliance between these two parties intensified after Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) former President resigned citing ill health. Former three times Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit who has been appointed as new president of the grand old party’s Delhi unit, had earlier said that she will accept the Congress high command’s decision on a tie-up with the AAP.