AAP to Contest Gujarat Polls

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New Delhi: After making a foray in Punjab, the Aam Aadmi Party is all set to try its luck in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home turf Gujarat. The Arvind Kejriwal-led party will contest the Assembly elections in Gujarat in 2017, AAP sources told CNN-News18 on Saturday.

As a first step, Kejriwal would embark on a two-day visit to Gujarat on July 8 and meet his party cadres and leaders. He will be holding a rally on July 9 in the state. He is likely to formally launched his party’s campaign for the 182-seat assembly polls during his visit.

The party has already started its efforts to gain a foothold in the state. Delhi MLA Gulab Singh has been appointed as the central in-charge of Gujarat affairs in view of the assembly polls.

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The move is being seen as an open challenge from Kejriwal to Modi. The two had earlier locked horns in the 2014 Lok Sabha election in the Varanasi constituency. On several instances in the past, Kejriwal has compared his Delhi model of development with the Gujarat model calling the latter a “myth”.

“Before the Lok sabha polls, there was a myth created before the nation. The name of the myth was Gujarat Model of Development. The story was created a year before the Lok Sabha polls about the Gujarat model of development. Now the entire country is saying that we have been cheated. What was that Gujarat model? People say that they have photoshop editors. They will show Switzerland road and say this is Gujarat’s road. This is the way they have cheated the country. Today there is a story of Gujarat model of development and then there is a reality of Delhi model of development,” he had said.

Indicating his willingness to expand the party’s base, Kejriwal had said that AAP will have to fight elections with a target of winning at least 90% seats and make governments to change the system.