Aam Admi Party (AAP) is not leaving any stone unturned, hoping to open its account in the Lok Sabha elections in the city, AAP has adopted constituency-wise strategy to target the rural population and other sections of the society and take on ‘main rival’, the BJP, in all seven seats.
City unit chief of the party Gopal Rai asserted that AAP is ‘single-handedly capable’ of defeating the BJP in Delhi and dismissed any chance of a pre-poll alliance with the Congress in Delhi.
Gopal Rai, holds the portfolios of labour, employment and development in the Arvind Kejriwal government. He said that the Congress is not in the fight for the Lok Sabha polls. The AAP only has a ‘direct fight with the BJP’.
Gopal Rai also told PTI, “We are working on a constituency-specific strategy on all seven seats in Delhi in view of Lok Sabha elections next year.”
Apparently, in the 2014 general elections, the AAP had fielded its candidates on all seven seats in Delhi, but none of them could secure a win.
While talking about the party’s strategy for the northwest Delhi seat, Mr Rai said the Aam Aadmi Party failed to receive support in rural pockets in the last Lok Sabha polls, and now the party in-charge for the constituency, Gugan Singh, is focusing on these areas with extensive contact programmes.
He also mentioned that the party’s in-charge for the Chandni Chowk Lok Sabha seat, Pankaj Gupta, has started laying emphasis on small meetings with the electorate in the trader-dominated borough.
As per the strategy designed, for east Delhi constituency having a mix of voters living in posh localities and unauthorised colonies, the party has adopted extensive outreach programmes to reach voters.
Mr Rai added, “The party will officially announce candidates on all the seven seats in Delhi, along with those in Haryana and Punjab, by January next year,” .
Notably, in the 2015 Assembly polls, the AAP had got around 54.34 per cent vote share while the BJP and Congress had 32.19 per cent and 9.65 per cent votes.