New Delhi: The National Council of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Saturday said that the party will extend the terms of all its party-bearers including party Convener Arvind Kejriwal, by a year.
Addressing the media after the meeting, AAP National Secretary Pankaj Gupta said that the proposal to extend the term of the current council by a year was passed unanimously and without amending the party’s constitution.
“With the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and Delhi Assembly elections around the corner, the members have decided to extend the tenure of the National Council for a year. The elections for the new council will be held before the end of the extended tenure,” Gupta told the media.
The tenure of the National Council was to end on April 23, 2019. Now Kejriwal will continue to remain party chief till April 2020. Kejriwal was elected as the National Convenor of AAP for a second time in April 2016 for a period of three years.
According to the AAP’s constitution, no member can hold the same post as an office-bearer for more than two consecutive terms of three years each.
The AAP also hinted at the possibility of an alliance with other parties for the 2019 elections as Rai said, “The party will contribute in whatever way it can to ensure the end of the Modi government, including cooperating with others.”
“We have decided that the AAP will carry out its share of responsibility to end the dictatorship of Modi-Shah duo,”AAP Delhi convener Gopal Rai said, adding that besides playing its role, the party will also “cooperate with others”.
Notably, the ‘grand alliance’ is a coalition of political parties proposed to be formed to end the BJP rule in the 2019 elections.
Furthermore, earlier on Friday, the party gave mixed signals over its stand on the alliance with the Congress in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The AAP leaders attacked the Congress for its “conditional” loan waiver while not entirely rejecting the chances of the alliance.
Speaking to the media after a meeting of party’s national executive members on Friday, AAP Delhi convener Gopal Rai had said, “The party will monitor the situation in the coming days and will take a decision accordingly”, when asked about the chances of the alliance with the Congress.
AAP Punjab convener Bhagwant Mann termed the question of alliance “hypothetical”, as the AAP is in opposition in Punjab and the Congress in power.
The AAP leaders attacked the Congress over the “conditions” imposed by the party for loan waivers in the three states — MP, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh — where it came to power in recent elections.