“We Will Be Declared National Party If…”: Arvind Kejriwal On AAP’s Expansion

Arvind Kejriwal

New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convenor and Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal, on Tuesday informed that the party is one step away from being declared a national party. The message came after the Election Commission of India recognized AAP as a state party in Goa.

Mr.Arvind Kejriwal said, “After Delhi and Punjab, AAP is now a state recognized party in Goa too. If we get recognised in one more state, we will officially be declared as a “national party” I congratulate each and every volunteer for their hard work. I thank the people for posing faith in AAP and its ideology.”

A party has to either have a 6 percent vote share in the last assembly polls in each of any four states in the last Lok Sabha polls or 2% of all Lok Sabha seats in the last such election, with MPs elected from at least 3 states; or recognition as a state party in at least 4 states to get a national party status.

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Founded in 2012, soon after the Jan Lokpal movement, led by Anna Hazare,  the AAP emerged as the second largest party in the 2013 Delhi assembly election and went on to form the government with the support of Congress. The government was dissolved in 49 days after it failed to get the anti-corruption Jan Lokpal Bill passed due to a lack of support from the Grand Old Party.

However,  AAP returned to power with a thumping win in the 2015 Delhi election. The party was re-elected in the 2020 elections in the national capital.

AAP earlier this year, formed the goverment in Punjab, where it defeated the traditional forces of the Akali Dal and the Congress.

The party’s focus is now on the upcoming polls in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat as it tries to expand its national footprint.


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