New Delhi, March 18 – Amidst the recent internal differences, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) announced on Tuesday that it has decided to go national. “After spectacular victory in Delhi and seeing the love of the people, we have decided to expand at the national level,” party leader Sanjay Singh said.
The AAP’s Political Affairs Committee (PAC) also decided to enroll “active volunteers” and to form a committee to decide their role in different states. Five of the PAC’s seven members met at the residence of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
The AAP, India’s youngest political party, would also decide in which states it should contest elections, Sanjay Singh said. He added that the crisis in the party would soon end, and party leaders would reach out to Prashant Bhushan, one of the two senior figures who was ousted from the PAC this month.
The meeting was attended by CM Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia, Delhi minister Gopal Rai, Sanjay Singh, Ashutosh, Ashish Khetan and Dilip Pandey. AAP leaders have in the past stated that the party was determined to contest the next assembly election in Punjab, where it scored a quarter of all votes in the Lok Sabha polls.
The AAP is also said to be keen to fight municipal elections in Mumbai and Bengaluru, two cities where it enjoys a wide network of volunteers. Arvind Kejriwal ended his 12-day medical leave in Bangalore on Monday with him tweeting that he is feeling better now and ready to resume his duties.