After Delhi, AAP firms up plan for Lok Sabha
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After its 28-seat debut in the Assembly elections, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has now begun to formalise its plan for the Lok Sabha elections.
Sources in the party said they wanted to take advantage of the "strong headwind" that the performance in Delhi has created, and application forms for those who want to contest in the parliamentary elections will be released soon.
Sanjay Singh, member of the party's National Executive said, "After news of Arvind Kejriwal's victory spread, there is a huge wave that exists throughout the country. People are now applying for membership en masse in several states, and we want to take advantage of the surge in support. By Wednesday, we will release the forms that candidates must fill to apply for candidature in the parliamentary elections."
Party officials said the criteria that prospective candidates will have to fulfill will largely mirror what was required of candidates in the Delhi Assembly.
"There are three parameters that the screening committee of the individual states will judge the candidates on. They can have no criminal records, their character must be vouched for by residents, and they must face no corruption charges. In the Delhi Assembly, we required a candidate to get 100 signatures of locals along with his application. In the case of a parliamentary hopeful, he will have to get 100 signatures per Assembly seat that fall in the parliamentary constituency," he said.
"For instance, the New Delhi parliamentary seat has 10 vidhan sabhas under it. A candidate will then have to bring 1,000 signatures with his form," Singh said.
Sources in the party said thus far three national leaders had been given charge of the campaigns in several states.
"Sanjay Singh has been given charge of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. Ajit Jha will handle the campaigns in Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Maharashtra. Additionally, Yogendra Yadav has been given charge of Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Haryana," sources said.