The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) which earlier decided and planned to provide tickets to educated candidates with no criminal record for the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections, and also aimed to contest all the 227 seats, have finally taken their decision back. The party has decided not to contest for the upcoming civic polls in February 2017, instead all the party workers and leaders will be concentrating and focusing their energies on Punjab and Goa assembly elections which will take place at same time.
The Mumbai AAP team was preparing at full pace for the upcoming civic polls. They had also started targeting the top BJP and Shiv Sena leaders and ministers in the past few months. The rally was scheduled for 27th November, 2017 in Mumbai to announce the first list of the party. The decision by the top level ministers from AAP to opt out from the BMC elections due in 2017 left many party workers and aspirants for the corporator post baffled.
Preeti Sharma Menon, AAP national spokesperson told The Today’s News, “We were fully prepared to register our symbol with the State Elections Commission of India (ECI) for the upcoming civic polls. Even our party workers were very excited and they wanted to see BJP, Sena and Congress Mukt BMC but the decision in the meeting held last Friday by the party senior leaders in Delhi to stay out of the BMC elections left all of them disappointed. Most of our party workers thought that our party would have provided an alternative to the voters who are fed up with the Sena and BJP corruption in BMC.”
She further added, “In the meeting the decision have been also taken for not throwing our weight behind any independent candidates because if he or she get elect as a corporator than they will not be able to pull any weight in the BMC’s decision making process until unless they are not attached to any big party or group.”