The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will launch a multi-platform blitzkrieg to publicise its ambitious reach-out campaign, ‘Delhi Dialogues’ that looks to crowd-source a blueprint to transform the capital into a truly global city.
AAP hopes consultations with experts and people, and unveiling of policies at open, interactive sessions will help change its image---among a section of people---of being a one-issue (corruption) party driven by agitation. Ahead of fresh assembly elections in Delhi, the party also wants to win over the middle-class vote, and demonstrate that it was prepared to stay the course if voted to power.
“Radio messages of party leader Arvind Kejriwal will soon be out. We will also use social media and do outdoor publicity to get more and more people to participate,” party leader Ashish Khetan said. Kejriwal will essentially ask people to engage with the party and come up with innovative ideas to transform Delhi.
As part of ‘Delhi Dialogues’ the party has been taking to experts and people to find solutions to problems faced by six broad segments such as youth, women and RWAs. The process of dialogues will culminate into six events---first on November 15 for youth---to exchange ideas with people and unveil policies.
The second event will happen on November 26, and deal with women’s issues. AAP leader Meera Sanyal said, “AAP is the only party which is open to ideas. We want to tap into people’s knowledge. Others are close. They like talking down to people. Delhi Dialogues will continue even after elections.”
Apart from Khetan and Sanyal, Adarsh Shastri, the grandson of former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, is also working on the plan with help from a large number of researchers. “At the first event, we will deal with issues like skill development, jobs, and sports for youth. For women, the focus would be on safety, equal opportunities and economic empowerment,” Sanyal said.
“In five years, Kejriwal wants to turn Delhi into one of the best city-states in the world. We want to transform Delhi into a city where both the rich and the poor can live with dignity," said a senior party leader.