AAP launches ‘Aapawaz’ helpline as election watchdog
Though the Aam Aadmi Party is not contesting the Haryana assembly elections, the outfit on Thursday announced that it will launch a campaign to make voters aware of “tainted candidates” and protest against violations of model code of conduct.chandigarh Updated: Sep 18, 2014 20:32 IST
Though the Aam Aadmi Party is not contesting the Haryana assembly elections, the outfit on Thursday announced that it will launch a campaign to make voters aware of “tainted candidates” and protest against violations of model code of conduct.
Addressing mediapersons here, AAP leader Yogendra Yadav said that starting September 21, the AAP would launch its drive for ‘chetna’ (awareness), ‘chot’ (attack of tainted candidates) and ‘chokidari’ (stand sentry).
Yadav, who was accompanied by Haryana AAP convener Dr Ashawant Gupta and state spokesman Rajeev Godara, said the party would unmask turncoats and loopholes in party manifestos to the public.
He urged the public to register complaints against candidates, with evidence, on the toll-free helpline 8222094500 or through emails on firstname.lastname@example.org.
If the party finds it to be authentic and serious, they will protest against the candidates, Yadav said.
He added that AAP would also report model code violations to the Election Commission of India (EC).
As many as 5,000 volunteers had been trained for the drive and 5 lakh handbills and a large number of hoardings, posters and banners had been prepared to spread awareness, he said.
Calling the manifestos of some parties as impractical, Yadav said they reflected the parties’ desperation to win the election because executing the claims would empty the state exchequer within a year.
“Issues such as corruption, transparency in recruitment for government jobs and land acquisition, drug addiction, policies to benefit agriculture and farmers, quality in government education institutions, among other things were missing from their manifestoes,” said Yadav.