AAP begins Delhi Dialogue to make city world class

Signalling a shift away from a campaign centred on corruption, the Aam Aadmi Party on Wednesday launched ‘Delhi Dialogue’, an initiative under which the party will prepare a blueprint for making the capital into a world-class city.

The party said the move will help them prepare a 50-point actionable programme, which will be part of their manifesto for the Assembly elections.

In the next 45 days, AAP teams will hold consultations with different sections of society, besides roping in academicians, businesses, bureaucrats, researchers and subject matter experts.

“We wish to know what the expectations of people are and how they want their Delhi to be. We will interact with professionals, homemakers, students, youths, women, people from villages, industrialists, people from JJ clusters and unauthorised colonies,” AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal said at a press conference. “We will then prepare a 50-point programme, a blueprint and address these issues.”

As a part of the initiative, the party on Saturday will organise a public meeting at Jantar Mantar to discuss issues related to students and youths. A similar rally will be held on November 26 to address issue of women’s safety.

The Delhi Dialogue team comprises senior party functionaries such as banker Meera Sanyal, journalist-turned-politician Ashish Khetan, and former sales head of Apple Adarsh Shastri.

“Through these series of dialogues, AAP aims to draw a blueprint for a five-year government. The key focus areas are health, education, power and water,” Khetan said, who leads the campaign. “The party will try to solve the issues in a time-bound manner.”
The party leaders claim the new election strategy marks a shift from a campaign centred on administrative sloth to development related issues.

‘Will win 40-45 seats’

Kejriwal said his party will clinch over 40-45 seats in the 70-member House. “We will win 40-45 seats,” Kejriwal said. But he declined to give details of the party’s own poll survey.
An opinion poll conducted by a news channel recently claimed that the BJP will sweep the Delhi Assembly polls, and the AAP will come a distant second. The BJP’s internal survey also claimed an easy win.

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