AAP workers to expand local outreach in Maharashtra

  • Naresh Kamath, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Nov 08, 2014 21:34 IST

The top brass of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is all set to restructure the party in Maharashtra, as a part of 'Mission Vistaar', wherein volunteers will try and develop a strong grassroots-level network.

Like the Shiv Sena, the party plans to appoint local volunteers, who will interact with voters on a day-to-day basis, and bring their issues to the forefront.

As part of the campaign, booth committees will be formed, and one volunteer will be assigned for 1,100 people in every locality. With approximately 1,600 booths in each Lok Sabha constituency, and 48 seats in the state, the AAP will appoint around 76,800 volunteers for the job.

"We realised that even though people wanted to vote for our party, they did not do as we lacked a good organisational network to reach out to people," said Mayank Gandhi, member of the AAP national council. "These booth volunteers will interact with the people, make them aware of their rights, help fight injustice and propagate the party's ideology."

Further, the party will also form a ward committee, an Assembly committee and also a district committee.

Next week, a new ad-hoc state executive committee will chalk out revival plans for the party. These plans could be executed next year.

The AAP had received a severe drubbing in the Lok Sabha polls, losing deposits in 47 of the 48 state constituencies where it fought the elections. Following this, party chief Arvind Kejriwal convinced his colleagues not to fight the Assembly elections.

In addition, top state leaders like Anjali Damania, who exposed the irrigation scam, and Priti Menon Sharma resigned from the party citing personal reasons.

The AAP, an offshoot of social activists Anna Hazare's India Against Corruption movement, has been facing a crisis after its spectacular performance in the 2013 Delhi Assembly elections, as many new people joined the party soon after. This triggered a clash between the old and new members.

What is mission vistaar
Mission Vistaar is a process for the expansion and restructuring of the Aam Aadmi Party. It was started in June 2014

Aims of the campaign
* Reach out to all citizens of India, who share the AAP ideology

* Integrate them into the AAP, by providing opportunities to take up responsibilities within the party

* Facilitate political education and leadership-building among AAP volunteers

* Reorganise the organisational units at various levels, through a bottom-up democratic process.

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