Apprehending distribution of money, drugs and liquor by candidates of rival parties, volunteers of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) have equipped their vehicles with cameras to carry out surveillance in all 13 parliamentary constituencies across the state.
Every constituency, including Ludhiana, Amritsar, Bathinda, Jalandhar, Sangrur, Fatehgarh Sahib and Hoshiarpur, will have 10-15 vehicles moving round the clock, specifically in areas which have voters prone to temptations such as liquor, drugs and money.
The spy cameras have been connected to laptops and soon after getting the recording of any practice of buying votes, the piece of the recording, along with a complaint, would be forwarded to the Election Commission.
Avtar Singh Dhindsa, a flower grower and alumni of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), who is a volunteer and member of the AAP core team in Ludhiana, while sharing the details, said vehicles ranging from Fortunner and Innova to Indica and Alto would be used for the vigil.
“Neither did the party candidates spend any amount from their pockets nor have we tried to modify the vehicles in any way. Everything has been done within the legal parameters,” Dhindsa said.
He also said that the party was prepared for the sabotage attempts by candidates of rival parties but nothing could stop AAP volunteers from giving it a try.
“The last resort would be to pass on the information on the helpline numbers given by the EC in every constituency,” Dhindsa added.
The system was adopted in Delhi and was a big success during the 2013 assembly elections. Thus, the party volunteers are all set to give a tough time to the candidates who want to buy votes in lieu of money or intoxicants.
A doctor couple having taken an off from duty has also volunteered to become part of the vigil team. “We are looking for a positive change in the Indian political system through the AAP, so we have extended wholehearted support to the party.
We had applied for leave long ago and will move in our Swift with a camera for the next two days,” the couple told HT.
As per the AAP action plan, the volunteers will scan the most sensitive assembly segments on priority. The party has prepared a list of areas that remained susceptible to money and intoxicants in the previous elections.