Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party has decided to step up its activities in Gujarat, which goes to polls later this year.
The party’s top decision-making body — the Political Affairs Committee — met in Delhi at the residence of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who returned from a naturopathy session in Bengaluru on Wednesday.
A report by PTI said that Kejriwal will address a rally on 26 March in Gandhinagar.
It was also decided in the meeting to start the candidate selection process for the upcoming municipal polls in the national capital on Friday (today).
The top leadership of AAP has been lying low since the polls culminated in Punjab and Goa where the party contested, making its foray outside Delhi.
The state has had BJP government since 1995 barring 17 months between October 1996 and March 1998, when Shankar Singh Vaghela governed the state as the leader of BJP’s splinter group, Rashtriya Janata Party.
AAP has sensed a huge electoral opportunity following near decimation of Congress party, which has had a series of electoral setbacks particularly in Mahrashtra.
Top sources in AAP say that they were keen to fill the ‘void created by Congress’s decimation’ in a bid to wrest power from the BJP, which is facing a considerable anti-incumbency in the western state.
Faced with growing public anger and the administration’s failure, the BJP leadership was forced to sack its chief minister Anandiben Patel in August last year.
(With inputs from PTI)