Gandhinagar/Mumbai : Aam Aadmi Party’s stunning electoral performance in Delhi has encouraged its Gujarat unit to decide upon fielding its candidates in the forthcoming Loksabha election in 2014.
According to the Gujarat Convenor of AAP, Sukhdev Patel, the party will field candidates in the Lok Sabha election from Gujarat as well. “Once we have stepped into politics full time, we have to be a part of the electoral process,” Patel said adding that the decision on the number of candidates and identification of seats will be made in the party executive meeting scheduled for this weekend.
AAP in Gujarat has already established offices in 19 districts and is on its way to mark its presence in the rest of the districts as well. “Apart from adhering to the basic organizational discipline, the district comm-ittees are largely autonomous and so are we as the state committee,” Patel said.
The state committee, which largely consists of civil society activists turned politicians, are currently being led by Patel, who has been an education and child right activist in his own rights.
The committee comprising of 10 members at present is still in expansion mode and is looking at a figure of 25 members in its final shape, Patel maintained. The group is being mentored by noted Gandhian Chunibhai Vaidya, who has lent his support to various land movements across the state. The party has also been extensively using the social networking platforms to its benefit and has been recruiting members online. Patel maintains that almost half of his 5000 members have joined the party through social networking sites.
The rise of AAP has not gone down too well with the BJP Government in Gujarat and the workers of the party were detained on Sunday by Ahmedabad Police when they had gathered to celebrate the spectacular win in Delhi. However, later they were released.
Enthused by the strong showing in Delhi, AAP has also decided to concentrate on Mumbai and the rest of Maharashtra. “Our slogan is, ‘AAP ka ye sandesh, aaj Dilli, kal pura desh’,” AAP functionary Mayank Gandhi said. “We will be fielding candidates from the 36 Assembly seats in Mumbai,” he said. “We haven’t yet decided the number of Lok Sabha seats we will contest from Mumbai,” he added. Mumbai has six Lok Sabha seats.