Buoyed by Delhi, AAP keen to fight LS polls in city
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Buoyed by the success of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi, the local unit of the party is likely to test political waters in Chandigarh as well. The party which does not have a presence in the city is now keen to field a candidate in the next Lok Sabha elections.
Following the pattern similar to that of Delhi, the AAP unit is contemplating going to the masses and asking them their preference for candidates. The person which would be acceptable to a larger section would be fielded.
Gurjusjit Singh, an executive member of the party, says the people of Chandigarh are educated and would want to vote for change. "The BJP is a divided house with the three senior leaders vying for the ticket. When one gets the ticket, the other two would ensure the person is defeated. The position of the Congress is also weakening. There is an opportunity for our party to make a dent," he adds.
At present, the party has around 50 active members who are present whenever any activity is organised while twice that number is enrolled.
Chandigarh has only one Lok Sabha seat that the Congress has won for the last three consecutive terms. After the name of Congress MP Pawan Kumar Bansal surfaced in the rail bribery scam in which his nephew was caught accepting a bribe from a member of the Railway Board, the dynamics of the Congress have witnessed a change. The BJP has more than once projected an image of being a divided house while the BSP has not garnered much votes in the past elections.
President of city AAP unit Col (retd) S S Saini asserts that the party will now strengthen its worker base. "Our workers were busy campaigning in Delhi. Now we will start strengthening our base in Chandigarh. The party members would visit different areas to garner support. A person who is acceptable to the masses would be fielded in the elections."
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