The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) announced the dissolution of all of its units in Maharashtra on Wednesday with the exception of Mumbai. The party claimed the move was made in an effort to strengthen and rebuild the organisation from the ground up.
The Arvind Kejriwal-led party also declared that it would run in all upcoming elections in the state in a release published late this evening.
According to the statement, “The Aam Aadmi Party is a national political party and will run in all upcoming elections in Maharashtra at all levels.”
According to the announcement, the party organisation will be rebuilt in a strong manner similar to how it was done in other states where it is actively participating in politics.
It also stated that it would play welfare politics rather than engaging in “pannas khoke” politics, which involves 50 boxes containing Rs 1 lakh each.
“We are confident that with the leadership in Maharashtra and Delhi, the AAP will be able to provide the glorious state of Maharashtra with an alternative politics and politics of actual welfare rather than the ‘pannas khoke’ politics that we have seen so far,” the release stated.
The Eknath Shinde-led administration has repeatedly been called a “khoke sarkar” by the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena (UBT), a subtle jab at the Shinde group for its uprising and establishment of the government by forging forces with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), purportedly after accepting crores of rupees.
The AAP also asserted that a number of individuals from various political perspectives had expressed a desire to join the party.