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AAP set to intensify efforts to strengthen its base in Haryana

Rajesh Moudgil , Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, December 17, 2013
First Published: 23:04 IST(17/12/2013) | Last Updated: 23:05 IST(17/12/2013)

After its stunning debut in recently held assembly polls in Delhi, the Aam Aadmi Party has now decided to intensify efforts to strengthen the organisation in Haryana.


The AAP state convenor Ashawant Gupta, an Ambala-based technocrat and industrialist, told HT that while the party has already held meetings at Gurgaon, Mewat, Panipat and Rewari during the past few days, it now has scheduled similar meetings in all the remaining districts in the next fortnight's time.

Stating that party leader Yogender Yadav, member of the AAP national executive, who hailed from Rewari, would be holding these meetings, he said the party had full-fledged offices in 18 of the total 21 districts, ad hoc offices in two districts, while Panchkula district would soon have one.

The AAP has had about 20,000 members registered with it, he said and added so far each district has about 100 active volunteers and about 200 'week-end volunteers' in each district.

Stating that the party in Haryana has following of mainly youths and urban folks, Gupta said that efforts were on to take the party's message to the rural interiors of the state too.

About the resources, Gupta said the party had so far collected Rs. 15 lakh through donations, adding that the party didn't require much because of the AAP had frugal requirements.

About the key faces of the party in the state, he said that party leader Arvind Kejriwal hailed from Siwani village of Bhiwani district and he studied in Hisar.

Other key faces include AAP state chief spokespersons, Rajeev Godara, a resident of Panchkula, who is an advocate; Paramjit Singh Katyal, an industrialist from Karnal; Naveen Jai Hind, a youth leader and an RTI activist from Rohtak and Sanjay Brahmchari, a sarpanch and social activist from Mahendergarh.

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