After ‘stunning debut’ in Delhi, AAP sets sight on Maharashtra

After the Aam Aadmi Party's resounding performance in the Delhi Assembly polls, the party will now set its eyes on Maharashtra, where it has its second largest base.

Anjali Damania, convener, AAP (Maharashtra), said the party hopes for a good electoral performance in Maharashtra. AAP is also expanding its base rapidly in Haryana, Damania said.

Both Maharashtra and Haryana will see general and assembly polls next year. Party activists told The Indian Express that the "stunning debut in Delhi" would help expand its base further in these states.

Damania said, "On Sunday, I was flooded with calls from social activists and NGO institutions offering to join the party." The party now believes that the poll result will encourage fence sitters among activists to take the plunge into electoral politics.

Earlier this month, retired bureaucrat and whistleblower in the multi-crore irrigation scam in Maharashtra Vijay Pandhere announced that he was joining AAP.

Mayank Gandhi, member of AAP's national executive, said the party's national executive would meet in the next few days to decide its poll strategy. "A decision on whether to contest all Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha seats will be taken in the meeting," said Gandhi. AAP, meanwhile, claimed it now has presence in 22 states and 305 districts in the country.

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