A decade after he led a band of newbies, under the banner of an assortment of NGOs called India against Corruption, to believe everybody except him in Indian polity was corrupt, Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party convenor Arvind Kejriwal today resumed his old narrative while addressing a rally in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, calling both the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and opposition Indian National Congress corrupt. “I have heard that they (BJP) will hold early Assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat,” the AAP honcho claimed. The elections to the legislative assemblies of Gujarat and Haryana are expected to be held in December.
In less than two weeks after the AAP claimed it had wound up its activities in the state after facing a lot of defections on its debut, Kejriwal sprang back into action today, saying, “It is time to make ‘Naya Himachal Pradesh’. I urge all the good people in BJP & Congress to leave their parties and join the Aam Aadmi Party. I request the people of this state to give AAP a chance.”
Just two days after it had won Punjab with 92 seats in the 117-member assembly, the AAP had announced its decision to contest all 68 seats in the hill state. Kejriwal and Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on 6 April held a roadshow in Mandi, the home turf of chief minister Jairam Thakur.
“If you want to get rid of corruption in Himachal Pradesh, elect AAP candidates to form an honest government in the coming elections,” Kejriwal had told the crowd during the roadshow.
But then, on 11 April, the AAP announced it had dissolved its Himachal Pradesh unit, as its top-rung leaders in the state had deserted the party and made a beeline for the BJP. AAP’s man in charge of elections in Himachal Pradesh and Delhi’s Health Minister Satyendar Jain had made the announcement of the dissolution of the state unit that day in the evening.
“Himachal Pradesh’s Aam Aadmi Party state working committee has been dissolved. The new state working committee will be reorganised again,” tweeted Jain. The AAP issued a press note that day too, saying that the state unit had been dissolved.
Today, however, Kejriwal again invoked his government’s achievements in the education sector in Delhi. “I invite the people of Himachal Pradesh and CM Jairam Thakur to visit Delhi to see the government schools there,” he said.
Besides Himachal Pradesh, the party is aggressively campaigning in Gujarat, the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah. Kejriwal recently held a roadshow in Ahmedabad along with Mann. The BJP has been ruling Gujarat since 1995.