AAP gears up for Lok Sabha polls; to start membership drive from 10 Jan
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is ready to stretch its wings. With the objective to add maximum number of supporters into the party fold, the AAP is launching a nationwide membership programme ‘Mein Bhi Aam Aadmi’ across the country.
The drive will be held between 10 to 26 January. In order to add more number of members, the party has ‘suspended’ the membership fee of Rs 10, which was earlier chargeable.
Party leader Gopal Rai will head the membership campaign.
Yogender Yadav, senior AAP leader, said that the Rs10 fee earlier charged for primary membership had become a ‘bottleneck,’ and it was decided to ‘suspend’ the membership fee.
He said that emphasis will be on fielding good candidates on maximum number of seats in at least 15-20 states in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.
‘The party also will form a three-member National Campaign Co-ordination committee which will look into party’s manifesto, fund raising, screening of members who will contest Lok Sabha polls and other functions related to polls’, Yadav said.
The committee will be headed by party leaders Sanjay Singh, Yogendra Yadav and AAP national secretary Pankaj Gupta. Yadav said that AAP is planning to contest all 10 Lok Sabha seats and 90 assembly seats in Haryana. ‘The assembly elections in Haryana are due in October, but there are speculations that it might be held earlier or along with the Lok Sabha elections. The party has decided to contest all the Lok Sabha and assembly seats there,’ he said.
‘A three-member National Campaign Coordination Committee will look into the party’s manifesto, fund raising and other poll-related issues. People can apply for candidature for the Lok Sabha polls till 15 January, and the applications will then be screened at the state level,’ said Yadav.
‘The first list of candidates should be out by 15-20 January,’ he said.
‘Any person from across the country can put in the application at the district level. All applications will be screened and sent to the national level. Our PAC (political affairs committee) will finalise the list,’ said Yogendra Yadav.
However, AAP leader Prashant Bhushan had earlier declared that the party will contest ‘maximum number of seats’ in as many states as possible.