AAP to launch membership drive from January 10

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has decided to launch a massive nationwide membership drive from January 10 to 26 and has also invited applications from candidates interested in contesting the Lok Sabha elections on the party ticket by January 15.

The party formed a committee for coordinating the election campaign with senior leaders, including Yogendra Yadav, Sanjay Singh and Pankaj Gupta, as its members. Another senior leader Gopal Rai has been entrusted with the task of looking after the membership drive. 

The membership drive has been named “Main Bhi Hoon Aam Aadmi” (I am also Aam Aadmi) and it has decided to waive Rs 10 enrollment fee.

“Any person from any part of India can join the party after filling up a form downloaded from the party’s website. There will be no joining fee,” party spokesperson Yogendra Yadav said on Sunday.

 He conceded that the party “lacks organisational structure to confront such a big challenge and is banking” on the people’s enthusiasm to see an alternative in the AAP.

Disclosing the fast-track process for selecting candidates, Yadav said: “The AAP last month on its website invited applications. Applications received till January 15 will be considered. But the process will not shut down on January 15. We will continue the process till the names of candidates are announced in each state.”

The first list will be announced between January 15 and 20. The party manifesto will be released in March. 

The decision was taken by the party’s executive committee over a two-day meet after considering the response from different parts of the country.

The AAP will also contest all the seats in the upcoming Haryana Assembly elections.
“The party will contest elections from a large number of seats, but at present we are not sure that we will contest all 545 seats. We hope to contest from at least 15-20 states,” he added.

“The AAP will contest the Lok Sabha elections under the leadership of Arvind Kejriwal. It is still too early to discuss  the party's prime ministerial candidate,” Yadav clarified.

Revealing the party’s plan to contest the Haryana Assembly elections, he said the party will contest all 90 seats. Yadav asserted that the AAP will contest even in the situation where the election is advanced and is conducted along with Lok Sabha  elections. The Haryana Assembly polls are due in October.

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