LS polls: AAP to contest in all seats in state

PuneAAP members celebrate their Delhi win near Alka Taklies Square. Express

While the electoral success of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the Delhi Assembly polls continue to be talking point in city, the party has decided to contest in all the 48 Lok Sabha seats in the state. Anjali Damania, AAP state convenor, said the Delhi success has swelled the rank and file of the party with many former bureaucrats, activists and common man joining them.

Prior to the Delhi elections the think-tank of the party had decided to contest seats where the party had managed to make its presence felt. The seats were Pune, Mumbai Buldhana, Nashik, Jalna, Beed to name a few. Even as Pune and Mumbai were epicentres for the movement in the state, senior leaders like Damania, Mayank Gandhi and others also extensively toured the drought-affected areas of Marathwada. Damania had also taken up the issue of land grabs in various parts of the state, which had shot her to prominence.

"The candidate selection process has already started with talks on at the local levels. It would be finalised on December 22 in Aurangabad at the first state-level conference of the party," she said.

Rajesh Mittal, AAP's city coordinator, said the party would field its candidate for the Pune city Loksabha seat. "At present the strength of the volunteers in the city is more than 500 and we are undertaking a special drive to increase it," he said. Volunteer enrolement drives outside colleges, housing societies are being arranged.

Party leaders said the large number of young voters in the city have played a key role in the party's growth in the past. The party is now now trying to map out the electoral history and voting trends in the city. This will help them decide the future strategy and also analyse how to fine-tune their campaign. Sources said the party is keen to field a young candidate from the city, a strategy which had worked for the party in New Delhi

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