Aam Aadmi Party supremo Arvind Kejriwal, who wrapped up a two-day tour here on Sunday, is arriving in Gujarat again on April 17 three days ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to his home state on April 21 to address rallies in the State’s tribal areas.
The Gujarat BJP might have dismissed him as a mayor-level leader and a tourist and Congress calls AAP the saffron party’s B-Team, but Kejriwal is not a casual player and pulling out stops to rustle up a tough fight in the December 2022 assembly elections.
AAP sources say the party aims to emerge as a national alternative and so is strategically looking at States with bipolar contests between the BJP and the Congress. This is why the AAP will also contest all 68 assembly seats in Himachal Pradesh later this year along with 182 in Gujarat.
Having already drafted Sandeep Pathak, the backroom architect of the AAP’s Punjab triumph, IIT-Delhi professor, and the party’s new Rajya Sabha member, to Gujarat, Kejriwal will be here to discuss the party’s focus and strategies as well as discuss the organisational structure.
Senior journalist-turned-AAP leader Isudan Gadhvi, who became quite popular in the rural areas of Gujarat through his VTV’s Mahamanthan debate, told Vibes of India (VO!), “We are set to surprise everyone.”
Gadhvi, who says he has chosen not to take any post in the party, asserted, “We are not here to look at a few seats to open an account but to form the next government. You will see it.”
He reminded what Arvind Kejriwal said during his massive roadshow in Ahmedabad, fashioned as Tiranga Yatra, that AAP was not out to defeat the BJP or the Congress but to beget victory for the people of Gujarat.
Gadhvi said the AAP chief would be in Gujarat again to review the overall political scenario and hold various meetings with party leaders, workers and several others. And that he would keep on coming.