The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Thursday marshalled its troop of spokespersons, giving them the salvo to fire and match up to the Bharatiya Janata Party’s war of words.
With only a week left for the poll campaign to end, the AAP is leaving no stone unturned to make the most of its time. The AAP held a meeting of its 25-odd spokespersons and TV debate panelists and asked them to focus on key issues, including electricity and water, which it had addressed in its brief shot at power. The AAP will also raise the issue of full statehood to Delhi, which the BJP is not too comfortable with.
“The BJP announced today that they will not release any manifesto for Delhi. They have no solutions to the city’s problems. We have put out a blueprint for Delhi’s turnaround. We have focus on issues and will continue to ask tough questions,” said Raghav Chadha of AAP’s communication strategy team.
The AAP has finished crowd-sourcing issues through its Delhi Dialogue series, and narrowed down to a few important ones such as water, power, corruption, and women’s safety.
“The party is now putting up banners highlighting these issues to ensure the discourse does not go off track. Today the BJP asked us five questions but they failed to touch any key issues concerning Delhi,” said AAP’s national council member Ankit Lal.
Buoyed by favourable prepoll surveys, the spokespersons have also been tasked to project the AAP as a party, which understands Delhi better. The party has decided to keep its leader Arvind Kejriwal out of any slanging match with BJP’s CM pick Kiran Bedi.
“The way Bedi has run her campaign so far shows her induction, which was termed a masterstroke is actually backfiring. We don’t want to let the campaign divert. Bedi is a non issue. If needed, other AAP leaders will pitch against her,” said an AAP strategist.
The AAP is relying heavily on Kejirwal’s countless public meetings, while the BJP has cranked up its poll machine in Delhi, bringing its central leadership to take charge of the campaign for the February 7 elections.