- The stakes are higher for the AAP in this election as it comes in the backdrop of the Lok Sabha elections 2019
- AAP became a mainstream political party and fought its first Delhi elections in December 2013
New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which celebrates its seventh formation day on Tuesday, is gearing up for its biggest challenge – assembly elections in Delhi. AAP national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will today address party workers at its headquarters in Delhi, where he is likely to make an announcement on the party’s strategy for the upcoming polls.
“Today is constitution day. Today is also the formation day of the Aam Aadmi Party. This is not a mere coincidence. Nature has given this responsibility to each AAP worker to save the constitution and implement it literally across the country. Do not back down even if you have to give your life for this,” Kejriwal said on the micro-blogging and social networking website Twitter in Hindi.
AAP, which had started as a mass movement against corruption, became a mainstream political party and fought its first Delhi elections in December 2013. The party has pitched itself as an alternative to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress.
The stakes are higher for the AAP in this election as it comes in the backdrop of the Lok Sabha elections 2019, when the party failed to win a single seat from Delhi. The BJP, the key challenger for the AAP in Delhi, had won all the seven seats from the country’s capital.
With elections less than two months away, the AAP has started it’s people outreach programs to connect with voters. The party is largely focusing on the work done by the AAP-led Delhi government in the areas of water, electricity, healthcare and education.
Both the AAP and the BJP are also eyeing voters in unauthorised colonies that account for a large voter base including migrant votes. While the central government has announced the regularisation of these colonies, the AAP government is pushing development work in these areas.
The term of the Delhi assembly ends in February. The upcoming assembly elections assume significance for the AAP as the party looks to come back to power after completing a full term. In 2015, the AAP came to power for the second time with a landslide victory after winning 67 out of the 70 assembly seats.
Besides being in power in Delhi, the party is the main opposition party in Punjab and has one and three members in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, respectively.