Aam Aadmi Party drug campaign loses momentum

  • Jatinder Kohli, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: May 15, 2015 20:55 IST

Launched with much fanfare in February this year, the much anticipated 'Punjab Against Drug' campaign of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) seems to have lost momentum.

As per reports, lack of organizational structure, untrained party workers, and factionalism at various parts of districts within the party have affected campaign heavily.

The response on AAP's drug helpline drug helpline (98144-45555) which was launched on February 25 in Punjab, has also dipped sharply for which party leaders blamed recent controversies at National and state levels.

As many as 6000 calls were received totally till date in two and half months as helpline had received 4,000 calls on the helpline in just 15 days from across the state and people have shared pictures and videos after launching.

Under campaign, AAP has also a created facebook page 'Punjab Against Drugs' which is not updated since April 20 and the last time, it was updated on page about a news of Jagraon at where AAP claimed that its party worker was allegedly beaten by drug peddlers.

The sources said that in many districts, it has yet to prepare its organizational structure at where campaign, was yet to be started. The city like Nawanshahr at where AAP's candidate Himmat Singh Shergill got highest votes from other candidates during Lok Sabha elections has failed to hold any meeting in regard of a campaign.

They also added that persisting factionalism in several districts of state within the party due to which workers failed to come up collectedly on roads for the campaign. The movement against drugs has covered only 12 districts at present.

Sources also told that after training workers at district levels, they have to train grass root level members about how to conduct a survey of the campaign in their areas to collect information about drug affected families and victims.

"The party had started this programme keeping in view the 2017 assembly elections but with ongoing developments within the party, are causing damage in state", they added.

When contacted, Himanshu Pathak, state in-charge of campaign denied that party's campaign against drugs has derailed but said that it has turned 'slow' for some reasons.

Pathak added that we have been assessing received calls and workers are investigating on the response by visiting door to door.

He also claimed that party has also been running the similar campaign on Whatsapp in which members from all 22 districts have been giving their daily updates.

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