AAP leaders plan Italy, UK campaign tour ahead of Punjab polls
With an eye on the moneyed and vocal Punjabi diaspora, Delhi chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal will kick off a European election campaign as part of the party’s “AAP Punjab 2017” agenda from next month. Kejriwal will visit Italy in the first week of September along with party leaders Kumar Vishwas, Jarnail Singh and Adarsh Shashtri, it was announced by the AAP UK unit in London on Thursday.punjab Updated: Aug 18, 2016 23:23 IST
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and senior Aam Aadmi Party leader Kumar Vishwas will visit Europe in September to enlist support for the party’s campaign for the assembly elections in Punjab, party officials said in London on Thursday.
Kejriwal will visit Italy in the first week of September while Vishwas is due to arrive in Britain in September-end, Sandeep Bisht of AAP UK told Hindustan Times. Both countries have a significant population of Punjabi origin.
The UK unit of AAP has been holding a series of events in towns and areas with large minorities of Punjabi origin, who maintain close links with the state. Congress leaders from Punjab too are due to meet leading members of the community in Southall and other areas.
Several new members joined AAP during events in Leamington and Warwick in the Midlands earlier this month, including during the Leamington & Warwick Mela on August 14. Similar events were held in gurdwaras in east London.
“Not only youth but elders too want to be part of change in Punjab and are eager to see a corruption and drug-free Punjab,” Bisht said.
AAP UK coordinator Prayas Chaudhary said after the success of the “Flame Of Hope” programme across Britain before the 2015 Delhi election, a similar programme was launched in February in four cities for the Punjab elections.
Two party MLAs from Delhi, Adarsh Shastri and Jarnail Singh, toured Britain and participated in public events in Glasgow, Birmingham, Leicester and London.
In February 2015, a sum of Rs 15 lakh was donated through the party’s website by Indian passport holders who received the “Flame of Hope”. AAP volunteers from Britain also travelled to Delhi for the elections.
The party has had an office in Ealing, west London, since January 2014. Donated by an AAP supporter, the office was set up and funded by other supporters in Britain, and not by the Delhi-based party.
AAP supporters in Britain mainly comprise professionals from the IT, finance, retail and medicine sectors.