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WHAT? Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP Set To Contest Bihar Assembly Polls

Will AAP's decision to contest Bihar Assembly elections under Arvind Kejriwal has the potential to reshape political dynamics?

Edited By : Mayank Kasyap | Updated: Aug 28, 2023 08:17 IST
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Nitish Kumar, Tejashwi Yadav, Arvind Kejriwal (Photo Credit: ANI File)
Nitish Kumar, Tejashwi Yadav, Arvind Kejriwal (Photo Credit: ANI File)

New Delhi: In a surprising twist, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), under the leadership of Arvind Kejriwal, has thrown its hat into the ring for the upcoming Bihar Assembly elections. This bold move has the potential to reshape the political dynamics, leaving the Opposition in turmoil ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha election. With an eye on strengthening their roots, AAP is gearing up for an extensive campaign across every village in Bihar.

AAP’s Bihar ambitions

Sandeep Pathak, the AAP General Secretary, spearheaded a pivotal meeting in the national capital where the party’s plans to contest Bihar’s 2025 Assembly elections were unveiled. This audacious announcement comes as a strategic maneuver that might not only impact the Assembly elections but also sway the narrative leading up to the much-anticipated Lok Sabha polls in 2024.

Strong foundations for a bright future

Pathak emphasized the significance of a robust organizational structure in Bihar, highlighting the importance of creating committees in every village to fortify AAP’s presence. He remarked, “Bihar has faced the unfortunate consequences of dirty politics hindering its progress. AAP will participate in the elections, but a sturdy foundation is crucial.” The party’s approach involves building a strong network first, followed by the decision to contest.

AAP’s vision: Winning hearts and polls

AAP’s strategy mirrors its successful Gujarat model, aiming to replicate its prowess in Bihar. Pathak underscored the party’s intent to commence its Bihar journey through local body elections. The goal is to progressively infiltrate the state’s political landscape and secure a prominent position.

Opposition and challenges ahead

While AAP’s move might have caught many off guard, its inclusion in the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) poses an interesting dynamic. Pathak diplomatically commented on the alliance, stating, “Opinions may differ, but the nation’s interest remains paramount.” He reiterated AAP’s commitment to contesting the Lok Sabha elections and assured that decisions regarding alliances will be taken subsequently.

Mixed reactions and BJP’s take

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and other parties in Bihar have taken note of AAP’s entry into the electoral fray. Former Union Minister Syed Shahnawaz Hussain expressed his view that while AAP’s entry might pose challenges for those who invited them to Bihar, the NDA remains strong.

RJD and JDU weigh In

Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD) MP Manoj Jha highlighted the importance of adhering to the principles of the INDIA alliance. Janata Dal United (JDU) leader Neeraj Kumar stressed that all parties have the right to expand their reach and expressed optimism that differences within the INDIA alliance will be resolved over time.

The battle unfolds

As the AAP throws its hat into the Bihar Assembly election arena, the state’s political landscape is set for a significant shakeup. AAP’s ambitions align with the INDIA alliance’s mission to disrupt the status quo, but whether it can successfully challenge the established players remains to be seen. The road to the 2024 Lok Sabha elections just got more intriguing.”

First published on: Aug 28, 2023 08:14 AM IST

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