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Aam Aadmi Party to contest all 182 seats in 2022 Gujarat assembly polls: Arvind Kejriwal in Ahmedabad

The Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party's attempts to play a larger role at the national level have failed in the past, except in Punjab where it emerged as the main opposition party in the 2017 assembly polls. The Delhi Chief Minister last December also announced to contest the upcoming UP assembly elections.

June 29, 2021 / 01:53 PM IST
Popular TV journalist from Gujarat, Isudan Gadhvi joined AAP in presence of Kejriwal on June 14

Popular TV journalist from Gujarat, Isudan Gadhvi joined AAP in presence of Kejriwal on June 14


The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will contest on all seats in the next year’s Gujarat Assembly polls, party chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said in Gujarat on June 14.

Kejriwal is on a one-day visit to Gujarat where he inaugurated the party’s state office in Ahmedabad. He is also expected to interact with party workers during his visit.

“Both Congress and BJP are partners in crime in Gujarat in the last 27 years. If BJP is in trouble, Congress comes forward to help them and bail them out. How will this be accepted? AAP is the honest alternative that Gujarat is awaiting,” Kejriwal told reporters during his visit.

A popular TV journalist from Gujarat Isudan Gadhvi joined AAP in presence of Kejriwal.

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"I welcome the well-known journalist of Gujarat, Shri Isudan Gadhviji to the Aam Aadmi Party family. I am confident that Isudan Bhai will definitely fulfill the dream he has for Gujarat together with the people of Gujarat. Now Gujarat will change," Kejriwal tweeted in Gujarati.

READ: How Arvind Kejriwal's AAP trumped Congress in Surat municipal polls

This is an important announcement considering AAP’s national ambitions. The BJP secured a simple majority in the 2017 Gujarat assembly polls by bagging 99 of the 182 assembly seats.

This was Kejriwal's second visit to Gujarat. He last visited Surat in February after an impressive debut in local body elections by coming second with 27 of the 120 seats.

The AAP has been trying to make inroads into Gujarat since its inception in 2012. In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, AAP contested on all 26 constituencies and in the 2017 assembly elections, it fielded candidates on 29 seats. The party drew blank on both occasions.

Delhi's ruling party’s attempts to play a larger role at the national level have failed in the past, except in Punjab where it emerged as the main opposition party in the 2017 assembly polls. However, its electoral performance in the 2020 Delhi assembly polls, winning 62 out of the 70 seats and storming to power third time, has renewed the party's desire to expand its footprint beyond the national capital and Punjab.

Kejriwal had announced in January that the party will contest assembly elections in six states in the next two years.

In December last year, Kejriwal had announced that his party will also contest UP assembly polls also scheduled next year.
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