Trust issue, inefficiency: Inside story on why AAP dissolved its Gujarat unit

To prepare for the upcoming assembly polls in Gujarat, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) dissolved its entire organisational structure in the state. 

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Delhi CM and AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal.
Delhi CM and AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal. (PTI photo)

Ahead of the Gujarat assembly polls, the Aam Aadmi Party dissolved its entire organisational structure on Wednesday, June 8. India Today found out that trust issues, inefficiency, and lack of work were primarily behind the AAP’s decision to dissolve its entire unit in Gujarat.

The move, which followed just two days after the visit of Delhi Chief Minister and AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal, is said to be about formulating a new strategy for the upcoming polls, as per officials.

Top sources in the AAP said that the party high command in Delhi was not happy with the party's functioning in Gujarat. The report on AAP’s functioning in the state was sent by Gujarat in-charge Sandeep Pathak.

Before the entry of Sandeep Pathak as AAP Gujarat state in-charge, Gulab Singh Yadav was tasked with looking after Gujarat unit's functioning.

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But as Gujarat is set to head for polls later this year, Arvind Kejriwal sent his most trusted man, Sandeep Pathak, to Gujarat as state in-charge. First thing Pathak did was to make 182 teams for 182 constituencies in the state. The teams consisted of private hired teams as well as members of the AAP. A proper scientific survey and analysis of the party unit was done.

The survey revealed that the AAP was performing very poorly on ground-level. Infact, the party did not have any sanghatan on ground and neither did it have any hold on booth-level. The team also found out that leaders on ground were not able to induct people into the party.

Sourced added that the teams were shocked to find that AAP workers were working for BJP and planned to flip to the saffron party’s side when elections neared.

This report was submitted to Arvind Kejriwal during his visit to Ahmedabad. Sources said that Arvind Kejriwal was extremely unhappy and wanted complete change in Gujarat party unit.

Sandeep Pathak started to look for alternatives at each position from Taluka, district, ward, corporation, media, social media, spokesperson, etc.

The AAP’s new strategy will be that at each position there will be equal important person as alternative. If the person in position flips, the party has other person ready for the post. The AAP wants to make its base very strong has 2024 elections at the back of its mind as well.

The AAP is expected to announce a new team soon and old faces are expected to be given different positions as well.