Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, Manish Sisodia, will take part in a mega roadshow being organised by his party in Ahmedabad on February 6. The roadshow will be part of AAP’s campaign for the upcoming local body elections in Gujarat scheduled later this month.
The participation by Sisodia in the roadshow will provide a much-required boost to the party workers who are trying hard to woo the voters ahead of the polls. Also, for the roadshow, AAP has launched a song on social media.
AAP is the first party in Gujarat to announce its candidates for the polls. On January 3, AAP announced that it will contest the upcoming local body elections in Gujarat. The announcement was made by the party’s Delhi MP and spokesperson Atishi.
While releasing the first list of 504 candidates, AAP had asserted that it will contest from all the seats in the local body polls. The party’s Gujarat chief Gopal Italia had said 31 per cent of candidates in the first list are women.
During the announcement, Atishi had expressed confidence that AAP will perform well in the polls and emerge as a strong alternative to the ruling BJP. “AAP will contest elections on all seats in the local body polls in the state for the first time. With this, the party will enter the electoral politics of Gujarat as a strong alternative to the BJP. AAP will work to remove the BJP from power,” Atishi had said.
Trouble for Congress
The entry of smaller parties such as Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP and Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM has heated up the battle for civic elections in Gujarat. The entry of these parties will definitely result in a division of votes. And, in such a situation, it will be the Congress that is likely to lose elections, whereas the BJP is supposed to benefit from the entry of these parties.
Gujarat local body elections
The local body elections in Gujarat will be held in two phases. In the first phase on February 21, elections will be held for municipal corporations. The results for the elections will be declared on February 23.
In the second phase on February 28, elections will be organised for municipalities, district panchayats, and taluka panchayats. The results for the second phase will be declared on March 2.
The local body elections are being seen as a crucial ‘semi-final’ before the Assembly election in the state due in 2022.
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