After securing four seats in Punjab in the recent Lok Sabha elections, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has now decided to launch an intensive campaign in the state against the drug menace, mafia culture and corruption.
Speaking about AAP's mission 'Vistar' (expansion) in Punjab, senior party leader Manish Sisodia on Thursday said the party is not laying focus on strengthening its cadre in the state for the 2017 assembly elections for the time being. It is rather planning to take up serious issues concerning the masses across different parts of the state.
Sisodia was accompanied by Patiala MP (AAP) Dharamvira Gandhi and other party leaders including Jarnail Singh and Raghav Chadha.
"We are not doing everything with an eye on elections as there are a lot more things to get the people out of the clutches of the mafia and drug culture in the state", he said.
"Booth-level expansion of the cadre will help to unite people for launching a massive movement against the state government, which has miserably failed to control the drug menace, that has affected the youth in the state in a big way, Sisodia added.
Speaking about AAP's mission 'Vistar', Sisodia said AAP is working towards building its cadre from bottom to top level instead of going from top to bottom.
"We have sought suggestions and feedback from the volunteers, which will help us while forming party structure. The leaders will be appointed at each booth and then they would attract other people to join and work for the party", he said.
AAP supports scrutiny of NGOs
In the wake of IB's report on foreign funding to several NGOs, the AAP leader maintained that there must be scrutiny of NGOs, not only of those who are foreign-funded, but also of the ones run by political families and bureaucrats.
"We should take this in a constructive mode as monitoring NGOs doesn't mean curtailing their freedom. Moreover, it will help to have equal distribution of government funding among the NGOs working in rural areas also", he said.