Kejriwal to target Modi for 2014 Lok Sabha polls
New Delhi: Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party has already set up committee in 309 districts of the country with an eye on the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections early next year.

AAP leaders are going to meet soon to chalk out a strategy for 2014 LS polls. '

The most significant part of this strategy is: Kejriwal wants to contest all the Lok Sabha seats from Gujarat to forge a challenge to BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in his home state.

The strategy is to confine Modi to Gujarat, so that his visits to other states are severely curtailed.

By defeating three-time Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit by a huge margin of 22,000 votes, Kejriwal has now realised the strength of people's power.

Kejriwal has got indirect support from an unexpected quarter, like Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah, who has tweeted that newcomers in politics should not be taken lightly.

Kejriwal, who had gone to a Buddhist meditation camp in Gurgaon for two days after the Dec 4 polls in Delhi, is now back with a bang.

He told reporters that he slept for 16 hours on Dec 5 and for 14 hours on Dec 6, before returning home to get ready for the counting.

It is still not clear how many seats AAP will contest for the Lok Sabha elections, but its Karnataka unit has already announced it will field candidates for all 28 seats to LS from that state.

Kejriwal and his close advisers feel that the common man does not have a clear acceptable alternative right now, as the voter is caught between the Congress and the BJP.  People are frustrated after several leaders from both these national parties were found involved in wrongdoings, say his advisers.

The main challenge before Kejriwal is, AAP does not have a nationwide network. While in Delhi, AAP reaped the harvest of people's anger against Congress, it will have to face a tried and tested leader like Narendra Modi in the Lok Sabha polls.

Modi's popularity ratings are no doubt on the upswing, and Kejriwal is yet to find his bearings in the national popularity ratings.

Kejriwal's party may impress people in Haryana, western UP and Delhi, but to meet the phalanx of BJP supporters in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat seems to be a tough challenge for the one-year-old party.

AAP leaders privately admit that the sting operation on some of their candidates hurt the party's fortunes in Delhi, otherwise it could have had a smooth sail to a clear majority in the national capital.

Kejriwal's advisers are exercising extreme caution, as picking up "honest" candidates on a national scale will be a difficult proposition.