No plan to tie up with TMC in WB Assembly polls: AAP leaders
Though Mamata Banerjee supported Aam Aadmi Party in the Delhi Assembly election, the party's leaders in West Bengal today ruled out any possibility of tying up with Trinamool Congress in next years's Assembly polls, saying they would contest all 294 seats.
Kolkata: Though Mamata Banerjee supported Aam Aadmi Party in the Delhi Assembly election, the party's leaders in West Bengal today ruled out any possibility of tying up with Trinamool Congress in next years's Assembly polls, saying they would contest all 294 seats.
The immediate goal would be to build an organisational set-up first in the state, they told a press conference called in the wake of the party's success in the Delhi polls.
"We will contest all 294 seats in the Assembly polls in West Bengal. But before that our focus will be to build our organisation," AAP activist Alok Chaturvedi, who contested unsuccessfully in the 2014 Lok Sabha election in the North Kolkata seat, said.
Another AAP leader Suraj Narayan Singh, who contested the LS poll last year from Howrah, said the Bengal unit had already started the ball rolling enrolling 70,000 activists in the state through its "Mission Bistaar" programme.
"We have installed units in almost every district and the membership drive is in progress. We expect that an organisation will be ready in another two to three month's time," he said.
A coordinator from Delhi would be visiting West Bengal soon to supervise the membership drive in the state, he said.
As it is yet to build its organisational network in the state, AAP is not going to fight the upcoming civic polls in the city, Singh said.
"Our fight is against corruption and not against any particular person. So, we do not need anybody's support. Till date we do not have any plan of any tie-up, but we do think that there is a need for change in West Bengal too," he said.
Meanwhile, AAP workers here celebrated the party's stupendous success in the Delhi polls chanting their signature poll tune "Paanch Saal Kejriwal".