Junking various opinion polls and surveys that have indicated limited impact of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the Lok Sabha elections, the party says it will conduct its own survey like it did in the Delhi assembly elections.
“Soon we will conduct our own survey under senior party leader Yogendra Yadav,” Pankaj Gupta, national secretary, AAP, said. Three recent surveys, including the one conducted by the CSDS, have given anything between 6 and 15 seats in the general elections. The party intends to contest on more than 300 seats from all across the country.
In the Delhi assembly elections the party made an impressive debut by winning 28 out of 70 seats but most of the surveys had anticipated between 10 and 15 seats.
The party, meanwhile, will announce its first list of candidates for the Lok Sabha elections in the first week of February. “We have received about 5,000 applications from 250 constituencies. The work is under way,” he said. The party is planning to send search teams to constituencies from where it has not received encouraging response. “We will send teams to encourage people to apply for the candidature,” Gupta said.
The party has received limited response from Andhra Pradesh and Kerala. “We will focus on the states from where we have not good response,” he said.
AAP membership drive crosses 1-cr mark
The AAP claimed that its membership crossed one crore in just three weeks. The party that had around seven lakh members before January 10, the day it launched the free membership drive ‘Main Bhi Aam Aadmi’ and got 98.46 lakh more members by January 26. “Our membership stands at one crore and five lakh,” Gopal Rai, senior party leader, said. “Of the new members, 75.98 lakh are from rural areas.”