The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has reportedly informed its volunteers in Chandigarh to gear up for campaigning for the Lok Sabha polls and for a training session to be organised in Delhi.
Many volunteers on Monday got phone calls from the party's Delhi office for a training session at the Constitution Club in Delhi. After creating a buzz in the city initially, when the party started its activities and senior leader Yogendra Yadav addressed a rally in January, the party's activities have reduced in recent past.
A source said volunteers were asked to be prepared on issues like manifesto for the city, positions of other parties and issues affecting the city. "I was also told that senior leaders would address us on how to reach out to people and approach voters and convince them to join the party or to vote for us," a volunteer, who wished not to be named, said.
Volunteers were also told that AAP's poll strategy adopted during the Delhi elections would also be put before the volunteers so that they could also learn from it. Though the development could not be confirmed from AAP's observer in Chandigarh, those who had got the phone calls said they were initially grilled as to why they had joined the party and if they were not given ticket or any important post, would they still like to work for the party. AAP has only 50 active workers in the city, but its recent membership drive has taken the number to 32,000 in the past one month.
More than 31 in fray for AAP ticket
The AAP on Monday clarified that the list of 31 probable candidates which were for Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat were only a few of the several applications that it had received and many more applications were being checked. "Thus, it is clarified, that there has been no short-listing process, so far. The 31 candidates are not the shortlisted candidates for Chandigarh," an official statement of the party said.