AAP now eyes Amethi, plans 'Jhadu Chalao Yatra'
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) intends to hold a "Jhadu Chalao Yatra" in Amethi starting Friday, a day before Arvind Kejriwal will take oath as Delhi's Chief Minister. Sources in the party said that Kumar Vishwas, who has been touted as a possible challenger to Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi in the constituency, may join the yatra as well.
Vishwas, who did not contest the Delhi Assembly elections, said, "The party workers in Amethi have been buoyed by the AAP's performance in Delhi and will carry out a Jhadu Chalao Yatra starting Friday. I have been asked to attend the yatra, but I will have to see if it is possible given the developments in Delhi. However, even if I do not go, I am sure the party workers will spread the word on the party."
Sources in the party said they wanted to take advantage of the "goodwill" that has been created by the performance in Delhi.
"In New Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal took on Sheila Dikshit himself. Similarly, in Rahul Gandhi's bastion we want to start preparation early, especially with the Congress on the backfoot. With Rahul Gandhi primarily based out of Delhi, our party is trying to set the groundwork for what will hopefully be another political upset," sources said.
Officially, however, the party said that Vishwas's name has not been confirmed for the Amethi seat.
"We have always said that our processes are similar for everybody. There is a candidate selection process and that has to be adhered to. Unless a candidate applies, and then is selected by the screening committee, no selection is possible. Therefore, no name could have been finalised at this point for any seat in the parliamentary polls," said Sanjay Singh, national executive member of the party.
The sources said that the yatra would be along the lines of Kejriwal's 'Jhadu Chalao Yatra' in Delhi.