DEHRADUN: Upbeat after sweeping the Assembly elections and keen to extend its footprints beyond the territorial limits of the national capital, the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has set sights on electoral gains in faraway Uttarakhand. The Himalayan state is scheduled to go to polls in March 2022.
The buzz around its national ambitions started gaining ground after the Arvind Kejriwal-led party roared back to the hustings on the back of a resounding mandate. While the final tally put the AAP at a commanding 62 seats, the BJP, which was bidding to unseat the former from power, had to settle for just 8 seats.
The Congress failed to open its account, in a repeat of its dismal 2015 show.
The AAP’s Uttarakhand unit on Wednesday declared that the party would field candidates from all 70 Assembly constituencies in the state. Rakesh Sinha, president of the AAP’s Uttarakhand unit, said, “Rampant corruption in every level of governance and administration has plagued the hill state since it was founded on November 9, 2000. It’s been two decades since Uttarakhand became a separate state and we still haven’t been able to provide basic amenities to the people. There are the ones the statehood was for. We will fight the elections on the promise of rooting out corruption.”