Aam Aadmi Party to Compete in Maharashtra Elections


Gaining prominence with their surprise win in the Delhi elections, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) began after the massive movement against the Congress-led UPA government in the center. Their grievance, that was shared by many members of the public was against rampant corruption. Since then, their party stand has remained constant. They are against corrupt government practices and focus on the Aam Aadmi or common man. Making strides in several states, though failing to win in any, AAP has continued to make inroads into the politics of India. With their eyes set on Maharashtra, the party announced its intention to run in all polls to be held in the state.

In 2014 when Aam Aadmi Party ran for elections in each of the 48 states in Maharashtra, it failed to win even one. State convenor for the party in Maharashtra, Brigadier Sudhir Sawant said that the party did not intend to ally with either the BJP, Congress or the local NCP and Shiv Sena parties. They are, however, open to forming alliances with smaller parties that have similar agendas.

The party announced a massive drive to induct volunteers from the 15th of August to the 30th of September. Party workers will go from door to door in areas where AAP has a following. Every worker will cover an area of 5 kilometers to talk about the issues of corruption, farmer deaths and to inform the inhabitants of the promises AAP has made. The party expects to get about 10 lakh new workers within the month and a half.

The party has a clear moral stand of not allowing anyone that has criminal or corruption cases against them. With this in mind, they also have plans to induct leaders from other parties into their fold. AAP plans to raise the issues faced by the people since the BJP has come into power. The divisive agenda, rising prices of fuel and the growing number of farmer suicides are among these. Party leader Arvind Kejriwal has been working on developing a new election strategy after facing losses in all the states AAP contested elections. Perhaps AAP will be able to take advantage of the anti-incumbency sentiments of the people just as it did in 2012.