The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has claimed to have got tremendous response in favour of elections in its ambitious signature campaign. Its convener Arvind Kejriwal will on Friday carry out the first review of the feedback from the campaign.
The campaign began on August 13 to press for fresh elections in Delhi.
The reach-out campaign may not actually help dissolve the Assembly but it can be a good tool for AAP to engage with people, test volunteers’ strength and get direct feedback.
“The response from those in favour of elections is overwhelming. But three of 10 persons also said Kejriwal shouldn’t have quit. But that’s not such a bad thing as people loved the way we ran Delhi,” said a senior AAP leader.
The party has claimed that about 35,000 volunteers are working in tandem to reach out to all 35 lakh households in 70 assembly constituencies. “In the past one week, we have been to six lakh houses.
The campaign has peaked in the last two days. In the next 10 days, we aim to complete the target,” said party volunteer Durgesh Pathak.
Intensive door-to-door campaigning in the run-up to the 2013 Assembly elections had worked wonders for AAP and was instrumental in their winning 28 of the 70 seats. The decision to not repeat the campaign is said have contributed to the the party’s Lok Sabha drubbing.
The Delhi Assembly was suspended in February after Kejriwal pulled the plug on his own government. On August 5, the Supreme Court gave five weeks to the Centre to decide whether Delhi gets an alternative government or will opt for fresh elections.
AAP has been distributing signature forms along with a message from Kejriwal, explaining why elections should be held in Delhi.
AAP also claimed to have received a good response to its appeal to the people to shoot their own “We want elections” appeal on video and submit them to the AAP via email, WhatsApp or website. “In the first few hours of the campaign posted on Wednesday, over 1,200 people watched these videos.
Our social media team has set up a special unit to upload the unedited videos and provide a feedback,” said a party spokesperson.