Published On: Sun, Mar 6th, 2016

AAP may pull out of Uttarakhand poll race due to fund crunch

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With Assembly elections round the corner, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the hill state is struggling to raise funds and may opt out of the 2017 poll race if the situation does not improve. According to the nascent party, it would prefer skipping the polls instead of taking money from a “wrong person”.

“We cannot deny the fact that money plays an important role in any election and at present we do not have the required funds in Uttarakhand,” senior AAP leader and party in-charge of the state Vivek Yadav said.

“If the crisis continues, we will prefer opting out of the poll race rather than taking money from a wrong person,” the AAP leader said.

Top party leaders are keeping an eye on the developments and a decision will be taken after considering all the important facts related to elections, he said. Yadav, however, also said that the efforts were on to raise funds in the state. “We are going for a clean sweep in Punjab, and if things work out, we will do well in Uttarakhand,” Yadav added.

Notwithstanding the fund shortage, the party has stepped up its preparations in the state. The primary wing of AAP has been set up in all the 70 seats of Uttarakhand and the party on Saturday announced a 15-member state interim committee.

The interim committee will look after the AAP activities till the time elections for party organisation are held. The committee is headed by Anoop Nautiyal and includes Ranveer Chaudhary and Mukesh Agarwal. “This committee will look after the party matters as possibilities are that we may hold the elections for state organisation after the Assembly polls,” he added.

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