New Delhi, Feb 1 : In order to expand its wing outside the national capital and Punjab, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will hold a ‘padyatra’ in Jharkhand, after the completion of Delhi Assembly polls. Talking to UNI, AAP National Spokesperson Dr Ajoy Kumar exuded confidence that the party would win Delhi polls handsomely and said, ''We have to build our party in Jharkhand and therefore after the election, we will carry out ‘padyatra’ in the entire state of Jharkanhd to share our vision of development. ''The political scenario will change after the outcome of Delhi polls and we will carry forward the momentum in other states as well,'' he added.
AAP had fought Jharkhand Assembly polls, which was held in December last year, but could not win a single seat. ''Ups and downs are always there in politics, we don't need to feel bad about our previous performances in those elections in which we lost,'' Mr Kumar, who joined AAP from Congress last year, said.
He had resigned as Jharkhand Congress chief before the state Assembly election, accusing the partymen of promoting their own interests over that of the party and resorting to corrupt practices. Mr Kumar rejected the allegation of sitting Dwarka MLA and AAP turncoat Adarsh Shastri of selling tickets. ''We had carried out internal surveys before ticket distribution and it is unfortunate that he is levelling all these allegations.
He is upset over not being chosen again to represent us, which is very natural. It's not just about being an MLA or not, he must have shown some patience as there were so many works for him in the party,'' he said. ''It was the AAP, which made him an MLA and now, we have given tickets to Atishi, Raghav Chadha and other good people, who will do good for the society,'' the former IPS officer added. Mr Shastri left the AAP and joined the Congress. He was also given ticket by Congress to seek reelection from his Assembly seat. Responding to the Congress' claim that AAP has no vision for Delhi and put the city in 'precarious situation,' he said the AAP had carried out developmental works in all sectors, ranging from education to health and would take Delhi to a new height in the next five years.
''We have made 20,000 new classrooms, installed more than two lakh CCTV cameras, gave access to water through pipe to 93 per cent of households, which was 58 per cent in the previous regime,'' he said. Talking about health sector, he said, “We have added 4,500 new beds in hospitals and process for more new hospitals are underway. Our work speaks itself. The Centre had been creating hurdles, but we kept working for the people of Delhi.”
On being asked how many seats AAP would get in this election, he said,” In satta bazaar, people are giving us around 60 seats, but according to our internal surveys, we would get more seats than this predictions. The national capital will go to polls on February 8 and the outcome of the elections will be declared on February 11. AAP had won 67 of 70 seats in the 2015 Assembly pools. (UNI)