After 272 public meetings, AAP to declare next move

  • Darpan Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Dec 22, 2013 11:19 IST

AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal shows victory sign with party members in Delhi. (PTI)


After the 272 public meetings this weekend, the Aam Aadmi Party will get down to counting votes —  one from each constituency in Delhi. 

On an average, the party is conducting four meetings in as many municipal wards of a constituency.

“When people raise hands, you know the verdict in each ward. If in the last three wards, people want us to form government, the constituency will carry one positive vote. In a reverse scenario, we will have one negative vote,” said AAP’s Dileep Pandey.

On Sunday evening, the party will count these votes and also factor in responses coming in from other platforms such as SMSes, phone calls and responses on its website.

Based on the overall response, AAP will on Monday announce whether it will form a government or not.   

Read: ‘On course’ to form govt, AAP issues warning to Congress   

“We have so far received more than 7 lakh responses on SMSes, phone calls and our website. We will analyse this data as well on Sunday,” Pandey said. 

AAP on Tuesday had decided to conduct a referendum amongst people on whether it should form a government with Congress or not.

The feedback was in the form of individual letters, centralised SMSes and messages on social networking sites such as the party’s official Facebook page.

AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal is personally against the formation of a government with the help of either the Congress  or BJP but called for a referendum after difference of opinion emerged among the party members.

As many as 35,000 pamphlets  seeking public opinion have already been distributed in the New Delhi constituency, from where Kejriwal defeated Sheila Dikshit.

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