The Aam Aadmi party led by Arvind Kejriwal, confident of its landslide victory in Punjab and based in Goa, took a second chance in Gujarat, where elections are scheduled for later this year. The party has planned a series of programs starting tomorrow in the state, which has been ruled by the BJP since 1995.
Delhi Chief Minister and his counterpart in Punjab Bhagwant Mann have already reached Ahmedabad on a two -day visit.
Tomorrow they will visit the Sabarmati Ashram and then hold a two -kilometer roadshow, which the party dubbed “Tiranga Yatra”. On Sunday, a visit to the Swaminarayan Temple in Ahmedabad has been scheduled.
In light of the recent attack on Mr Kejriwal’s residence in Delhi, the AAP’s Gujarat unit has asked the Ahmedabad police chief to take extra measures for the safety and security of the two leaders.
Mr Kejriwal had declared last year that the AAP would contest in all 182 assembly seats in Gujarat.
The party also performed well in local body elections held in March last year. The AAP won 42 seats – 31 seats in the Taluka Panchayats, nine in the municipal council and two district panchayat seats.
The AAP made its debut in Gujarat in the 2017 state assembly elections, but was unable to win a single seat. All 29 of his candidates have lost their savings as the party’s famous faces – Mr Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia – failed to show up to campaign.
This time, Mr Kejriwal has made an early start, holding a roadshow in Surat shortly after last year’s civic vote.
The BJP, which revived its campaign a day after the rally election results with a rally by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has declared that the AAP is more into competition for Congress.
Mr Kejriwal responded by citing the party’s track record in Delhi, where it won only 28 seats in the first election it contested and subsequently swept the city clean with 67 of its 70 seats.
In last year’s election, the AAP practically did a repeat show in Delhi. This year, it’s Punjab’s turn, where it sweeps Congress, BJP and Akali Dal to the sidelines. In Goa, it opened its account with two seats in the recently concluded chamber elections.