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AAP to hold Google hangout with women speakers on International Women's day

india Updated: Mar 07, 2014 22:09 IST
Nivedita Khandekar
Nivedita Khandekar
Hindustan Times
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The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is set to celebrate International Women's Day with a Google Hangout featuring women speakers from the party, including high profile ex-banker Meera Sanyal on Saturday.

The theme for the Google Hangout - a popular medium used by the AAP to reach out to its global supporters - is 'Women in Indian Politics', said a party leader.

Although the top leaders of the Arvind Kejriwal-led party have always maintained the need for more women in politics, the little more than one year old party has a miniscule number of women leaders. The party's women volunteers' at the ground level too are comparably lesser. Albeit, the only three women MLAs in the Delhi assembly, belonged to AAP.

Apart from Sanyal, the ex-CEO of Royal Bank of Scotland, who is also the AAP's candidate-designate for the Mumbai (South) Parliamentary constituency, the two other women are Shalini Gupta, coordinator of AAP's global supporters, and Rachna Dhingra, AAP's Bhopal candidate-designate.

Dhingra is known for her work for the Bhopal gas tragedy victims. Sanyal, who joined in January, has earlier campaigned for the party ahead of the Delhi assembly election in 2013. Gupta shifted to India last year from the US, and now works as the organisation development advisor for the AAP.

The event, scheduled at 8 pm on Saturday, is to be supported technically by the AAP's US-based global supporters group even as the three women will be sitting at their respective stations in India - Gupta in Delhi, Dhingra in Bhopal and Sanyal in Mumbai.

Reaching out to its supporters through Google Hangout is a popular initiative by the AAP, which has earlier hosted such events for Kejriwal, another leader Yogendra Yadav and recently party's national secretary Pankaj Gupta to pacify dissenting voices against ticket distribution.

AAP Women's Rally at Delhi Jantar Mantar at 3 pm

AAP leader Shazia Ilmi, MLAs Bandana Kumari and Rakhi Birla will be among those to address the Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) women's rally at Jantar Mantar on Saturday coinciding with International Day for Women.

Shalini Gupta, organisation development advisor (AAP), will read out a letter to the women by top party leader Arvind Kejriwal, party sources said. The party is expecting women and party volunteers from across Delhi will throng for the rally that will take place at 3 pm.

The party had asked its volunteers, especially women, to meet other women in their neighbourhood and community and explain the vision of AAP and Swaraj. The mobilisation drive has been going on since Monday.