Post Delhi Success AAP Eyes all 126 Seats in 2021 Assam Elections
GUWAHATI: Buoyed by its massive victory in the Delhi assembly polls in 2020, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has decided to contest the 2021 Assam legislative assembly elections and it is targeting to field candidates in all the 126 constituencies.
Delhi chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal’s party, is formulating a strategy to chalk out a proper plan for the upcoming polls in Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-ruled Assam and accordingly, many probable candidates are joining the party.
AAP Assam state coordinator Dr Bhaben Choudhury, talking to G Plus said, “We are planning to contest from all the 126 seats and accordingly we are working on a plan now.” He further expressed that after the massive victory of the party in Delhi, the people of Assam have recognised the ideology of the party which is development and nothing else.
According to sources in AAP, there are 16,000 volunteers across Assam actively working at the grassroots level presently and therefore many members are joining the party. Talking about Guwahati, the source said that at present there are 3,000 active volunteers. The figure of the members in Guwahati and Assam are not yet revealed as the source said that after the Delhi victory, a large number of people are joining the party. The exact membership details could be revealed after a month or so.
Many social organisations are backing the party and Lachit Sena is one of the prominent organisations standing with AAP, the source revealed.
Discussing who all are joining the party, the source said, “A prominent Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) sitting MLA will join the party soon.” The source also revealed that a team of BJP members from lower Assam will also join the party.
An entire constituency in one of the districts in upper Assam will join the AAP very soon, revealed the source. The source also said that the party has formed committees in all the districts of Assam except Kokrajhar; a plan for Kokrajhar is being worked upon currently.
Enquiring if AAP founder Arvind Kejriwal will visit Assam or not, the source said that as of now there is no such news but as soon as the party is ready with all the candidates, Kejriwal will definitely visit Assam to talk to the voters.
AAP national convener and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, while taking oath at the Ramlila Maidan on Sunday, hinted at the party's interest to expand pan-India.
He had said that the Delhi election had given birth to a new kind of politics which will build 21st century India.
All state units of the party will launch a campaign to expand the party's membership and outreach through a missed call campaign.
Even Assam AAP is planning to start the similar campaign soon. The social media outreach has already started in the state and the AAP volunteers are working extensively to spread the “Join AAP” campaign.
Meanwhile, anti Citizenship Amendment Act activists Arup Borbora and Jahnu Baruah are also working towards launching a new political party.
The All Assam Students’ Union have also pitched for a different political party within the next 3 to 6 months.
The BJP has claimed that they will win 100 seats in 2021 elections and Congress bragged of winning 80 seats. The upcoming election bugle has already been sounded and it seems like the voters in Assam will get a lot of options this time. But who will again capture Dispur remains a question.