Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which seeks to contest its first assembly elections in Delhi on 4 December, has launched its 'Jhadu Chalao Beiman Bhagao' yatra in the union territory on Sunday.
"Dilli wale mann bana chuke, BJP, Congress pe imandari ka jhadu chalana hai, log imandar party chahte hai (Delhiites have made up their minds. We need to work a magic of honesty over BJP and Congress. People want an honest political party in the government," said Arvind Kejriwal, AAP chief and chief ministerial candidate.
BJP leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Arun Jaitley, reacted saying, "There are new parties also this time during elections, they can gather some votes but certainly not influence elections."
During the 22-day tour ahead of the Delhi assembly polls, Kejriwal will visit all 70 constituencies in the union territory and interact with the people. The yatra, however, was breifly halted by the Election Commission for violating the model code of conduct by using more than 10 vehicles.
In a first, AAP would publish 70 different manifestos for 70 Vidhan Sabha seats. The Kejriwal-led AAP, which claims to be a 'party with a difference', decided on such a move to address the problems faced by each constituency.
Kejriwal commenced the padyatra at 10 am from Old Chandrawal on Magazine Road in Civil Lines, which is near Delhi Vidhan Sabha. The party leader aims to cover Chandni Chowk Assembly Matia Mahal and Ballimaran on Sunday.
On each day of the 'Jhadu Cahlao' yatra, the AAP cadre would campaign for 12 hours starting from 10 am. The election tour would end three days before the elections on 1 December, AAP leader Manish Sisodiya told DNA.
The AAP recently conducted an opinion poll commissioned by Cicero Associates, according to which, AAP is expecting victory in 47 percent of the assembly seats. As per the survey, Arvind Kejriwal is leading in 33 out of 70 Vidhan Sabha seats in Delhi, as against Congress' Sheila Dikshit and BJP's Harsh Vardhan.