After a short hiatus on exposes, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is all set to sound a very early poll bugle for the Delhi Assembly elections slated for November. There will be fresh revelations against the Delhi government, not at press meets, but in public meetings. The first such meeting will take place at Najafgarh on February 2.
Party sources said the period was used by the AAP to put in place an organisation structure to fight elections, Mission Buniyaad, across the country. It has already tasted its first poll victory of sorts when its municipal chairman Ashok Jain in Mangrol, Rajasthan, won a referendum last month against a joint Right to Reject motion brought by the Congress and BJP councillors.
Sources said Arvind Kejriwal and Prashant Bhushan are working closely with the party research team to pin down financial irregularities of Delhi government that have a direct bearing on residents. “The focus is not big-ticket corruption but matters like power/water privatisation or corruption in roads. There will be no more media conferences. We will take things straight to the people,” said a party insider.
Since January second week, AAP executive committee members Manish Sisodia, Sanjay Singh and Ajit Jha have been trying to cover at least two Assembly constituencies per person per day. Till then, they were touring the country to set up district level committees. So far, a skeletal organisation has been put in place in 267 districts.
Kejriwal too was in Delhi throughout the period except for his brief visit to Mangrol with Sisodia to assess Jain’s experiment with “Swaraj-style” decision-making.
Meanwhile, work is on to firm up the party’s stand on various public policies. Yogendra Yadav, Prashant Bhushan and Anand Kumar are co-ordinating with eight different committees.
Yadav, who is assisting Habung Payeng with the organisation work in the Northeast, is focusing more on holding meetings with volunteers. “We are starting off from the block or district-level and the members of committees will then choose the higher bodies,” said an AAP source.