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AAP's star campaigners in Delhi: Kejriwal, Kumar Vishwas, Rakhi Birla

Nivedita Khandekar, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, March 19, 2014
First Published: 01:54 IST(19/3/2014) | Last Updated: 12:25 IST(19/3/2014)

After his much-talked about Varanasi rally next week, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convenor Arvind Kejriwal will be staying put at Delhi till the April 10 election for the seven Parliamentary seats.

Apart from Kejriwal, the party is set to bring in Kumar Vishwas, popular face since the 2011 India Against Corruption campaign days and party's top leader, who is also the party's candidate against Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi in Amethi (Uttar Pradesh).

But not just its 'star campaigners', the AAP is also relying on its tried-and-tested best-result yielding door-to-door campaign to reach out to Delhi voter.

After resigning as Delhi chief minister on February 14, Kejriwal has been busy campaigning across Haryana, Uttar Pradesh Gujarat, Maharashtra and Karnataka, be it rallies, be it road shows or closed-door fund raising dinners.

"But how can we not focus on Delhi, our core constituency? After the Varanasi rally – earlier scheduled for March 23, now will be held on March 25 – Kejriwal will be staying put in Delhi and continuously campaign till April 8, the last day of campaigning for the April 10 voting day," said party sources.

Another party person from AAP's Delhi unit, said: "Vishwas has promised us he will campaign in Delhi. (But) he will come here for just 1-2 days."

The party is also finalising the campaign plans for its other 'known-face' campaigners such as former Delhi minister, Mangolpuri MLA and now the party's north-west Delhi candidate Rakhi Birla, another minister Girish Soni, top party leaders Gopal Rai, Prashant Bhushan, Manish Sisodia and Sanjay Singh. The list also includes Delhi unit's Ashish Talwar and Dilip Pandey.

"We are drawing up constituency-wise charts for these campaigners, much in demand across seven seats. The programmes will be finalised in a day-or-two," he said.

Meanwhile, even while it plans for big rallies or road shows, the party has not forgotten its sure shot formula of voter outreach: the door-to-door campaign. "We have almost 10,000 part time, full time volunteers now and we are expecting more during last 15 days of the campaign. By March 26, our target is to reach at least 30 lakh households from the 35-odd lakh households across Delhi," said a party office bearer.


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