AAP grows stronger to appeal to voters in Gujarat
“Young people are attracted to the PAA, women are also attracted”.
New Delhi: After the victory in Punjab, the AAP is focusing on the coastal state of Gujarat by “aggressively” setting up pit-level committees which party leaders say will be completed by the end of August.
This will give the party an edge in grassroots politics and in turning its supporters into voters, party leaders say.
Sources with knowledge of the party’s development said the stand committees will have at least 10 members, and the numbers can increase as needed. Currently, there are 55,000 cabins in Gujarat. The Delhi-based party will have 600,000 members at the headquarters. In the meantime, the AAP began to screen its party men to give them pointed responsibilities, to improve coordination between ranks and files. AAP leaders believe that there has been no strong leadership in Gujarat after Prime Minister Modi left state politics, and for stronger leadership, AAP must inaugurate to give people a leader who can stand up for them and meet their needs.
An AAP leader, after conducting several rounds of internal surveys and assessments, said, “We are definitely taking the place of Congress, and the next six months are a critical phase in preparing and preparing better and better.”
The party believes six months is enough for it to replicate the magic of Delhi where it came to power after contesting its first-ever election in 2013.
Speaking to the Sunday Guardian, Secretary General of State Manoj Surathiya said: “We will have teams in every stand. Before Punjab, our organization was scattered, we had no strength at each level. In some places we were weak and in others we were strong. But after Punjab, in all parts of Gujarat, our organization has grown in an organized way. And now the trust within our framework has also increased. The volunteers are also confident and they take the fight against elections and the elimination of other parties very seriously. »
Surathiya added, “So far we are getting public support; for example, people support the “bijli andolan” movement. Everywhere we went door to door and met people, everyone agreed that electricity prices are very high. There is free electricity in Delhi, the same should be replicated in Gujarat, so say the people on the ground. The way people associate themselves with the Aam Aadmi party shows that there is a positive wave in our favor on the ground. In addition, young people are attracted to the PAA, women are attracted. AAP is going to perform very well in Gujarat this time.
Based on the party’s internal assessment, the AAP could win 12 to 15 seats in Surat, according to a senior AAP official. The party thinks the place could become its epicenter. There are 16 constituencies in Surat. However, a Gujarat-based analyst who works for one of the political parties in the state said that the AAP is far behind in organizational structure compared to the Congress, but if they are able to reach the bar of 600,000 members here will surely be bigger than Congress.
“People here haven’t changed their perception so suddenly that they will vote for the AAP. After hearing the views of the people on the ground, it looks like they could bring the BJP back to power again, no matter how much opposition the saffron party opposes to power. There are still months to go and if the AAP persists, maybe things could change because, for now, Congress seems to be sleeping,” he added.