Taking a leaf out of Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP’s) book, which selected its candidates after collecting opinion from the public before Delhi elections, the Congress has taken the step of approaching the people—particularly students—to prepare its manifesto for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.
AICC secretary Girish Chodankar told dna that the party has launched a portal (www.incmanifesto.in) and has appealed the citizens to give their ideas and suggestions for 2014 Lok Sabha election manifesto.
“Discussing with Youth Congress members two-three months ago, Rahul Gandhi pointed out that hardly 10-15 people are designing manifesto for the party even as the nation has the population of over a hundred crore. He wished the participation of students, farmers, labourers, women and elders from all walks of life in preparing the manifesto. Now, his idea has come to reality and Congress has got credit of being the first party to open up its national manifesto for general public,” he explained.
He said January 10 is last date to accept ideas, which will be considered by national leadership for inclusion in the manifesto.
To support the AICC’s move, National Students’ Union of India (NSUI)—the student wing of the Congress party—has taken responsibility of collecting suggestions from students particularly. It has created a portal on www.nsui.in, which is similar to AICC’s portal.
NSUI national secretary Aamer Javed told that about 25 lakh suggestions have been received at national level after launch of campaign past Saturday. “From Karnataka, we have received about a lakh ideas and we expect about four lakh by January 10,” he stated.
He revealed that 80% of suggestions have come via social media and 20% in hard copy.
NSUI national delegate Rajat Ullagaddimath added that apart from online campaign, NSUI members are visiting students living in hostels, rooms, PGs to collect their suggestions in physical forms. “We are also taking account of students studying in rural areas and are away from internet facility. As we are facing hurdles from college managements to reach students personally, we are trying to reach them by all possible modes,” he said.
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