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AAP Dissolves Organisational Structure in Goa to Strengthen Cadre Ahead of 2024 Lok Sabha Elections

In a strategic move to fortify its cadre in Goa ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, the Aam Aadmi Party has recently dissolved its entire organisational structure in the state, with the exception of the state president position

AAP Dissolves Organisational Structure in Goa:The Aam Aadmi Party aims to establish a robust presence in Goa by restructuring its organisational setup and focusing on grassroots development

In a strategic move to fortify its cadre in Goa ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has recently dissolved its entire organisational structure in the state, with the exception of the state president position. The party has announced plans to introduce a new organisational framework in the near future.

Background in Goa

During the 2017 Assembly elections, the AAP made its debut in Goa but failed to secure any seats. However, the party made significant progress in 2020 when it won a zila panchayat seat in Benaulim. The AAP further improved its performance in the 2022 Assembly polls, securing victories in two seats in South Goa—Velim and Benaulim.

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In a notable triumph, AAP candidate Venzy Viegas, a first-time legislator, defeated former Chief Minister Churchill Alemao in Benaulim, while Cruz Silva won by a narrow margin against Savio D’ Silva of the Congress in Velim. Despite these achievements, the party’s vote share saw only a marginal increase from 6.3 percent in 2017 to 6.8 percent in 2022.

Challenges and New Focus

One of the primary challenges faced by the AAP in Goa has been the perception of being an “outsider” to the state. To address this issue, , AAP Goa President Amit Palekar emphasised the importance of building a grassroots presence. Palekar acknowledged that until 2022, the party lacked a strong cadre in the state and relied on volunteer support. The focus now is on cultivating a dedicated cadre of leaders who understand the local realities and can help expand the party’s influence.

Over the past year, the party has identified people-centric leaders, many of whom have joined the party recently. The forthcoming organisational restructuring will feature a blend of experienced and new leaders.

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Empowering Local Leadership

Palekar highlighted the need for a more empowered and locally focused leadership. The party aims to move away from appointing individuals to ceremonial posts and instead foster a setup that encourages active decision-making at the grassroots level. By enabling local leaders to think independently and decide based on local needs, the AAP hopes to strengthen its impact in Goa.

The Path Ahead

During a visit to Goa in April, Sandeep Pathak, the national general secretary (Organisation) of AAP, announced that the party intends to contest the 2024 elections in Goa independently, without forming any alliances. This decision emphasises the AAP’s commitment to establishing a strong foothold in the state and positioning itself as a formidable contender in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

By dissociating from alliances, the party aims to present its unique vision and attract voters based on its own merit.

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The dissolution of the AAP’s organisational structure in Goa, except for the state president position, marks a significant step in the party’s efforts to revamp and reinforce its cadre in the state. With the upcoming 2024 Lok Sabha elections in sight, the AAP aims to overcome the challenges of being perceived as an outsider and build a strong grassroots presence.

By focusing on a blend of experienced and new leaders, empowering local decision-making, and contesting independently, the AAP seeks to consolidate its position and make a substantial impact on the political landscape of Goa.

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