Pune, 26th May 2023: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which achieved national party recognition following the Gujarat elections, is now shifting its focus to Maharashtra and has organized a Swarajya Yatra aimed at reaching out to villages and expanding the party’s role.
The yatra is set to commence on May 28 at Pandharpur with a visit to the revered Vitthal-Rakhumai shrine, and it will conclude on June 6, coinciding with the coronation day, at Raigad. The Swarajya Yatra will traverse through seven districts, holding meetings in towns and villages along the way, covering a distance of 782 km.
During a press conference, Mukund Kirdat announced that the yatra would be conducted under the guidance of Gopal Italia, the party’s national joint secretary and state co-in-charge youth leader. Italia’s leadership played a pivotal role in the party’s attainment of national party status through securing 13 percent of the votes in Gujarat.
In Maharashtra, the administration seems to hold sway in every aspect. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), claiming to be the largest party in the country and the world, seems reluctant to hold any elections in Maharashtra due to the fear of losing. This has resulted in an arbitrary governing style, with rampant corruption going unchecked. Gopal Italia expressed the Aam Aadmi Party’s commitment to bring peace to the mind of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj by raising their voice against this oppression.
Following the previous assembly elections, various political parties attempted to seize power through diverse alliances. Gopal Italia stated that the people of Maharashtra are seeking new alternatives as the credibility of established parties has dwindled. The Aam Aadmi Party is emerging as a fresh option for both work and politics.
Over the past year, the people of Maharashtra have witnessed the politics of the BJP-Shinde group, focused on personal attacks and devoid of addressing the concerns raised by citizens from various sections, including farmers, laborers, housewives, youths, and the general populace. Even opposition parties have failed to address critical issues such as inflation, farmer welfare, employment, education, healthcare, and other essential services. In this context, the Aam Aadmi Party aims to be the voice of the common people, the ryots, by taking to the streets and actively engaging with them.
With local, Lok Sabha, and Assembly elections scheduled for the upcoming year, the Aam Aadmi Party is gearing up to contest all elections. This yatra is a crucial part of their preparation, focusing on villages in Western Maharashtra.
During the yatra, the Aam Aadmi Party plans to highlight its achievements in education, healthcare, and the success of the Delhi model. The party aims to build a robust organization in the rural areas of Western Maharashtra, leveraging the Swarajya Yatra as an opportunity to connect with the people. Furthermore, Italia revealed that similar yatras are being planned for other parts of the state in the near future.
Present at the press conference were Gopal Italia, Mukund Kirdat, Vijay Kumbhar, Dhananjay Shinde, and Vijay Phatke, all prominent members of the Aam Aadmi Party.