New Delhi,Jan 8 (): Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) decision not to declare a candidate for PM is to focus on enrolling members and drawing credible Lok Sabha poll candidates.
The Aam Aadmi Party by this move will create a space for Arvind Kejriwal to be known as the tallest national leader who will fill the national leader vacancy at a later late. Kejriwal, the Delhi chief minister, had declared that he would not contest the Lok Sabha polls. There were differences in the Aam Aadmi Party over projecting Kejriwal against Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi in the race for Prime Minister.
It will not be proper to declare a prime ministerial candidate unless the party assesses where it stands, Yadav, Aam Aadmi Party ideologue said. Aam Aadmi Party leaders agree Kejriwal had emerged as the public face of the party across the country and he would be the chief campaigner. The Aam Aadmi Party wants to avoid the personality cult that other parties are involved but is not finding a leader who can match Kejriwal.
Yadav said a membership drive ‘Main Bhi Aam Aadmi’ would begin from January 10 across the country and it would be the start of the campaign for Lok Sabha elections.
Aam Aadmi Party leaders said that now it has units in 309 of the over 600 districts in the country. This is not enough to contest for the elections. Some AAP leaders felt that the present units can contest in 100 of the 545 Lok Sabha seats. But the party wants to contest in 300 seats in 20 states. AAP website will receive applications till January 15. The first list of Lok Sabha candidates will be released between January 15 and 20.
Yadav said that the AAP would contest all the 10 Lok Sabha seats in Haryana and all the 90 Assembly seats in the state. Yadav is tipped as the chief ministerial candidate of the party in Haryana where assembly polls may be advanced from October to coincide with the May general elections.