Strategy for Karnataka - BY: Prithvi Reddy

Dear Baqi, Rana,

I am happy to write to you about the upcoming elections in Karnataka where AAP is contesting. But first, let me start with a formal introduction.

My name is Prithvi Reddy. I am AAP Karnataka Convenor and a member of National Executive committee. Professionally, I am an entrepreneur and run my own business. I have been working with Arvind since 2008, be it on applying for RTIs or organising anti corruption activities.

Our decision to contest Karnataka was based on one and half years of ground work. Our state has the dubious distinction of being #1 Most Corrupt State & #2 in Farmer Suicides, Our city Bengaluru, #1 Worst Governed city. People are tired of choosing between the devil and the deep sea, and are looking for an honest alternative. We have thus far announced 18 candidates and will be announcing more shortly.

I have decided to contest against K.J. George, Urban and Town planning minister in the present Congress Government. K. J. George represents everything that is wrong with today's political system. Defeating a person like George is not just a win but a victory of the very idea of honest politics.

In Sarvagyanagar, where I am contesting, my goal is to get more than 50K votes which will give me a strong chance of winning. The constituency has 3L voters of which about 50% turn up for voting. Of this, the winning candidate typically gets 40% or 50K+ votes. That is the number to beat. While traditional parties have used vote bank politics, their vote banks have a limited appeal as they are based on religion, caste, money power, etc. Our Vote bank is 100% of voters since we are fighting these elections based on real issues which affect people across the board. A lot of people who previously chose not to vote due to a lack of choice, have assured us they will come out and vote. There is also a scramble of first time voters to get Voter registration.

My own experience and that of our candidates on the ground is that if "all the love and support we are getting converts into votes", we will win. Our candidates represent a wide spectrum of society from an eminent IAS officer to a farmer, from an IT CEO to a representative of Auto driver community, and most importantly, a majority are young and represent the future of our country. While they come from various walks of life, all are united with a mission to defeat Corrupt, Criminal and Divisive political opponents.

You can see the complete list via the link below.

We look forward to your support to bring "People's politics" to Karnataka.

Prithvi Reddy.

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AAP has been contesting elections in different states. Through these emails, our objective is to bring you closer to the process of electioneering.

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Posted on Apr 07, 18 | 12:44 pm