Aam Aadmi Party appeals all to join its ranks

Monday, 9 December 2013 - 9:19am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA

Bouyed by a resounding win in the Delhi election, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) said it would fight the assembly and general elections due in 2014.

At a press conference at Azad Maidan, where the party had been camping since morning, the jubilant party said it would prepare for the next election.

“We will fight elections in both the Centre and state. Our executive committee will meet in the next week to decide on just how many seats we would be fighting elections,” said Mayank Gandhi, executive committee member of AAP.

A large screen displaying the results was put up and party members danced and cheered.

The party, which has heavily relied on activists and citizens’ movement, called for more participation from the common man. “We call for activists, IAS, IPS, social organisations working at the local level and every one else to join and support us,” said Anjali Damania, another party member.

Former bureaucrat-turned-activist Vijay Pandhare joined the share dais with the AAP partymen.

“Nothing like this has ever happened. We urge people to support us,” said Pandhare.

Party members claimed that some prominent bureaucrats had already approached them but refused to divulge any names now.

AAP said it would be looking to have women participation in a big way for state elections and using the social media to reach out to people. “We want women in Maharasthra to take the lead here. According to our analysis, around 122 seats in the city are directly affected by the social media. We already have a social media team and campaigns will be conducted through it,” said Preeti Sharma Menon, party spokesperson.

“Transit homes, electricity, water supply, slums and open spaces will be some of the issues for which we will stage agitations. Our party has highlighted them over a period of time and we will follow,” added Menon.

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