The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has devised a strategy to woo women voters, signaling its foray into ‘morcha’ politics ahead of a possible assembly election in Delhi.
A dedicated women’s wing is critical because in the 2013 assembly elections, where AAP won 28 of the 70 seats, 53.20 lakh out of the total 1.19 crore voters were women.
AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal recently released a three-point agenda to AAP Ki Mahila Shakti—the outfit which will connect with women voters. “Cultural and religious festivals, like ‘Teej’, can be used to attract women,” Kejriwal said in his address to party volunteers.
“Secondly, the wing must strongly take up all cases of crime against women in its jurisdiction and ensure justice is done. In the afternoon, women are at home. The wing can have small meetings with them.”
Last month, AAP’s Delhi unit set up its women’s wing, headed by Shalimar Bag MLA Bandana Kumari and formed committees in all 70 assembly segments of Delhi. The party also plans to set up committees in all 12,000-odd polling booths in Delhi. It will soon organise a Mahila Sammelan to be attended by AAP’s Delhi leadership.
“Training will be imparted to office-bearers on how to make women aware of their legal rights, on organising medical camps and self defence training,” said Kumari.