'2013 Delhi polls test for Aam Aadmi Party'

Last Updated: Sun, Feb 10, 2013 09:20 hrs

Panaji, Feb 10 (IANS) The 2013 Delhi legislative assembly elections will be a test case for Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), before the new political outfit sets its eyes on the rest of the country, party co-founder Prashant Bhushan said Sunday.

Bhushan, a celebrated public interest litigant and anti-corruption activist, was speaking during a public interaction near Panaji.

Asked to comment on the roadmap for the AAP, which is also spearheaded by anti-corruption crusader Arvind Kejriwal, Bhushan said: "The Delhi assembly elections are coming in 2013. We hope to contest them. Hopefully that will energise things in the rest of the country."

Bhushan further said that coming to power was not the agenda of the AAP, the aim he said, was to enter the corridors of power and then fight the battle against corruption from the inside.

He said that the AAP was presently focused on local issues, especially in Delhi.

"We are trying to take up local issues. Electricity privatisation, water privatisation, slum colonies, rickshaw pullers and unorganised labour are some of the issues affecting common people there," he said.

He also said that the party was in the process of building an organisation across the country from the state to the district levels.

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