AAP close to 1-crore membership

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has enrolled over 98 lakh members, only a little less than the targeted one crore, in a fortnight-long free membership drive. The drive, which ended on Janaury 26, drew people from small towns and rural areas in large numbers, the party said on Monday.

Statewise figures showed that the AAP did not get much response from the southern states except Tamil Nadu. It received a good response from the northern states, particularly Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab, besides Delhi. Uttar Pradesh topped the list, followed by Bihar, Delhi and Haryana. Down south, the party enrolled 2.60 lakh members in Tamil Nadu.

The state was just behind Maharashtra and Rajasthan, which had 2.62 lakh members.

Karnataka  had 80,000 members and Kerala 65,000. Andhra Pradesh witnessed only 30,000 enrolments.

In eastern India, West Bengal responded poorly with just 20,000 memberships.

Releasing the membership figures, senior AAP leader Gopal Rai told mediapersons on Monday that contrary to expectations, people preferred offline membership. Over 75 per cent people filled up forms. Around 75.78 lakh people filled up forms, 7.42 lakh registered online, 5.26 lakh through SMS and 10 lakh through missed calls. Rai said the membership drive, “Main hoon aam aadmi”, would continue till the Lok Sabha elections. He also claimed to have cancelled fake memberships in the name of celebrities like Barack Obama, Rahul Gandhi and Nerendra Modi.

But, response for the Lok Sabha elections candidature fell short of expectation, given that the AAP was hopeful of contesting more than 400 of the 543 seats.

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