‘Vote them for hooliganism, AAP for hospitals’ : Kejriwal to K’taka voters

Published on April 21, 2022 by

Delhi CM says victory in Karnataka next after Punjab win

Bengaluru : Emphasizing that healthcare and education remains the Aam Aadmi Party’s top priority, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said they will improve Karnataka’s infrastructure if voted to power.

This, as the party gears up for the 2023 Assembly elections.

“If you want hooliganism, vote for them. If you want hospitals, vote for me. I don’t know how to orchestrate riots. I know how to build schools, roads, electricity, and run an honest government. First, we formed a government in Delhi, then Punjab. Now it’s time to form a corruption-free government in Karnataka,” the AAP National Convenor said.

Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha President Kodihalli Chandrashekhar, along with other farm leaders officially joined the Aam Aadmi Party.

The AAP recently announced it will fight on all 224 seats of the Karnataka assembly. The party lost all 29 seats it contested in the 2018 Assembly elections. Out of this, 18 seats were in Bangalore and 11 were in other parts of the state.

Through aggressive social media campaigns and protests, party leaders say they are confident of a win. Some of the recent joinings in the party include that of former IPS officer Bhaskar Rao.

Party leaders say there has been a rise in the number of people joining the party, post their victory in Punjab

“People are voluntarily coming in and asking for AAP’s membership in the state. In Bangalore itself, we have already crossed 3 lakh members just last week where it (membership drive) began recently. In the state, the total number is at about 15 lakh,” said Darshan Jain, Joint Secretary of AAP in Karnataka.

Farm leaders say they are confident of emerging as an alternative to the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party.

“You (state government) are looting 40% commission in broad daylight. Now, every farmer’s kid will enter the Vidhan Soudha. 2023 elections, our union with AAP will enter Vidhana Soudha,” said Kodihalli Chandrashekhar, President of the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha.

Senior journalists say the party lacks rural appeal.

“They (AAP) aren’t talking about rural problems. They are talking about the Delhi model which is a very urban model. What AAP needs are big faces. Tomorrow, if they manage to get a big face in North Karnataka, for example, then they start getting traction in an election year,” said Bharath Joshi, Chief of Political Bureau at Deccan Herald.

Analysts question whether the AAP has an on-ground presence in the state.

“Be it Delhi or Punjab, the party had visibility on the ground to make a difference. Whether that’s there in Karnataka, is a question. If you look at the AAP leaders’ statements, they don’t talk about what we (they) have done on ground here but they talk about that we (they) will campaign on the basis of the good work done in Delhi and what we will do in Punjab. Does that help you win an election in Karnataka? I am not sure,” said Dr. Sandeep Shastri, National Coordinator of the Lokniti Network.

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