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Considering electoral sway, AAP to field candidates for all 224 Karnataka Assembly poll seats


By PTI IST (Released)

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“We have decided to run in all 224 constituencies. We have launched our campaign in 170 constituencies in the state through Gram Sampark Abhiyan (village outreach campaign) and we are in the process of appointing people to the stand level in these 170 constituencies,” party spokesperson and Karnataka AAP leader Prithvi Reddy told PTI.

Karnataka’s fledgling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is aiming big in the upcoming state assembly elections as it has decided to field candidates in all 224 constituencies with an anti-corruption agenda as its main objective, a party leader.

The AAP is already in the process of finalizing more than half of the candidacies and intends to release its first list by the first week of January 2023, barely four months before the ballot. Subsequently, the following list of candidates will be announced.

“We have decided to run in all 224 constituencies. We have launched our campaign in 170 constituencies in the state through Gram Sampark Abhiyan (village outreach campaign) and we are in the process of appointing people to the stand level in these 170 constituencies,” party spokesperson and Karnataka AAP leader Prithvi Reddy told PTI.

According to him, there are about 58,000 booths in the state and the party is “aggressively” appointing at least 10 workers to each booth. “We strengthen our party by working at the pit level. That’s how we can fight money and muscle power,” Reddy explained.

These pit-level workers have been tasked with raising issues about people in their area, Reddy said, adding that the response the AAP is getting is great because people are already fed up with the rampant corruption in the state. .

The leader of the AAP said that the three main political parties in the state had failed to control corruption and meet the expectations of the people.

Speaking about the prospects of victory in Karnataka, the AAP leader said the party was fighting the battle to win and hoped it would make its presence felt in the upcoming elections.

“The AAP will be here to stay. We will win either now or in the next election. That’s how we approach this election,” Reddy said. “We don’t approach people as a fourth party but as an alternative to ‘JCB’,” Reddy explained.

The JCB is the currency of the AAP for the three major political parties in Karnataka – Janata Dal (secular), Congress and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

“While the JCB has become synonymous with demolition these days, the three main parties in Karnataka have demolished people’s aspirations, their hard-earned incomes, the health and education system and the infrastructure,” Reddy joked.

AAP’s reach so far is quite encouraging with 80% of people acknowledging it and the greatest strength, according to Reddy, comes from smartphone users.

“People, especially young people, who use smartphones are very familiar with the AAP and what it means. They are aware. Likewise, educated women are also rallying with us,” said Reddy, who is also a member of the AAP Executive Committee.

AAP leader said whenever party volunteers approach people, they talk about the work done by AAP in education, hospitals, clean water and electricity in Delhi under the leadership of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

“People are already familiar with our anti-corruption programme. They refer in particular to the case when the Chief Minister of Punjab of the AAP, Bhagwant Mann, sacked his minister for demanding one percent commission on a contract “, Reddy said.

The neighborhood newbie is pinning a lot of hope on the results of the Gujarat assembly elections where, according to Reddy, the fight is neck and neck with the BJP. If the party wins in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat, then the prospect of winning in Karnataka will improve, the AAP leader said.


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