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AAP’s internal survey gives party the edge in elections

india Updated: Sep 27, 2013 13:41 IST
Nivedita Khandekar
Aam Aadmi Party

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will corner the maximum number of votes in 16 out of 32 constituencies across Delhi, an internal poll survey by the Arvind Kejriwal-led party has claimed.

Details of the survey were shared at the party’s national executive meeting on Thursday.

The Arvind Kejriwal led party had claimed last week that their survey - conducted by Yogender Yadav and completed for 22 seats then - had projected that 47 per cent of Delhiites wanted to give AAP a chance.

“Over the week, the survey work was completed in 10 more constituencies to bring the total to 32 seats and the trend is clear: AAP has the highest vote share in 16 of these,” said a source.

Yadav, also a member of the national executive committee, has been conducting a constituency-wise survey ahead of the Assembly elections in November.

The national executive meeting also discussed other Delhi assembly poll related issues and reviewed the work done so far. Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia, Prashant Bhushan, Shazia Ilmi and Sanjay Singh were among those who attended the meeting.

The party decided to increase to 100 per cent its door-to-door campaign before the election notification is issued.

AAP has been harping on door-to-door campaigning and has appointed almost 1.25 lakh local party workers for the work. While some seats - especially high profile ones like New Delhi from where Kejriwal has decided to contest the Assembly polls against chief minister Sheila Dikshit - have seen 100 per cent door-to-door campaign, there are several seats where the target has not been achieved in the first round.

“We have already been able to target 4.5 lakh houses in about 43 constituencies. Now our aim is to reach out to 100 per cent or all the houses and complete one round of outreach before the notification is issued,” said a member.

The party is aiming at regularly monitoring and getting feedbacks from the ground level workers. One ‘sthaniya prabhari’ takes care of about 35-40 houses. For each constituency, there is one campaign manager.

Three or four such managers will report to a constituency assistant, who will report to the party’s political affairs committee (PAC).

‘BJP, Cong trying to malign us’

new delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Thursday sought to come clean on its Uttam Nagar candidate Deshraj Raghav and claimed his popularity had threatened local leaders from the Congress and the BJP, prompting them to malign his name.

As reported by HT on September 25, Raghav’s candidature from Uttam Nagar had been met with resistance, including that from local volunteers. Several people had accused him of running a ration mafia. They had accused him of owning 13 ration shops along with his family members.

He was earlier the district chief of Najafgarh Congress. He quit the Congress as its leaders were unhappy with his participation in the India Against Corruption movement, prompting him to fight the 2012 municipal elections as an independent from Bindapur ward.

(HT Correspondent)