AAP kickstarts awareness campaign in Rahul bastion

Barely days after declaring Kumar Vishwas as its candidate from Amethi in the next year’s Lok Sabha polls, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has gone into an overdrive to corner congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi in the latter’s bastion.

AAP has not only launched a membership drive in Amethi but its workers have also been touring the villages as part of what it describes awareness campaign in the constituency.
AAP leaders said Vishwas was likely to visit Amethi on January 12 and will address a public meeting at Gauriganj, the district headquarters.

Groups of AAP volunteers wearing their trademark caps could be seen criss-crossing the villages and meeting people. They have also been holding roadside meetings and telling them to support their campaign to change the existing political system in the country.

According to the AAP leaders, a membership drive had also been launched in Amethi. “So far as 15,000 have become members of the party,” said an AAP leader. He said that the membership drive would gain momentum in the days to come. “Till now the drive was confined to the district headquarter but now it will spread to the villages and smaller towns,” the leader said.

AAP had undertaken a ‘jhadu sandesh yatra in Amethi a few days back to expose the mainstream political parties. Vishwas was expected to join the yatra but he could not make it owing to the oath taking ceremony of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The AAP leader is also expected to meet the party workers in Amethi and discuss the electoral strategy, sources said.

Rahul had romped home from Amethi by over 3,65,000 votes in 2009 general elections. He had secured over 4.64 lakh votes while his nearest rival Ashish Shukla of the BSP could get a little less than one lakh votes. The Samajwadi Party had not put up any candidate against Rahul in 2009.

Though Congress bagged 21 seats in UP in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls, it could secure only 29 seats in the last year’s Assembly polls. Of the five Assembly segments in Amethi, Congress could win only two.

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