Buoyed by Delhi success, AAP to contest local body polls across India, assembly elections in many states

New Delhi: Buoyed by its massive victory in the Delhi assembly polls, the Aam Aadmi Party has decided to contest all elections to local bodies across the country as part of an ambitious plan to expand its footprint beyond the national capital.

Senior AAP leader Gopal Rai said the party has convened a meeting of its national executive on Sunday to deliberate on expanding the party by projecting its “positive nationalism“.

Rai, a confidante of AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal, said the party has set its sight on contesting assembly elections in a number of states including Punjab in the first phase.

“The agenda of Sunday’s meeting is to expand our organisation at the national level by including volunteers in large numbers and building party cadre across the country,” he said.

Rai, a minister in outgoing Kejriwal government, said people will be able to join AAP’s ‘nation building campaign’ by giving a missed call on the phone number 9871010101.

“We will reach out to people through this campaign and make them volunteers in large numbers. The party will contest elections of all local bodies across the country. AAP will fight upcoming local body elections in Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat,” he said.

Rai called BJP’s nationalism “negative”, asserting that AAP will expand its base by highlighting on “positive nationalism”.

“In Delhi, we spread positive nationalism which is based on love and respect. The BJP’s nationalism is based on hatred and divisive politics,” he said.”

The experiment done by the AAP in Delhi has become a role model for the entire country. Our nationalism is positive nationalism which gives guarantee of good education, health care and livelihood to every section of the society including farmers,” he said.