60,000 join AAP on Day 1, party sets 1 crore target

Party has waived Rs 10 fee for those joining before Republic Day.

New Delhi | Published:January 11, 2014 12:49 am
The rush at the AAP office in Central Delhi on Friday. (IE Photo: Renuka Puri) The rush at the AAP office in Central Delhi on Friday. (IE Photo: Renuka Puri)

Launching the free membership drive “Main Bhi Aam Aadmi” of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Friday, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the aim was to recruit one crore members by January 26.

By the end of the day, party sources said over 60,000 had taken memberships across the country. In the first three hours alone, over 49,000 people had taken AAP memberships.

The drive, which is being conducted under the stewardship of  AAP’s political affairs committee member Gopal Rai, waives the Rs 10 membership fee between January 10 and January 26.

Kejriwal also released a phone number, 7798220033, for availing the party membership. “People can SMS their name and Assembly constituency to this number and they will get a response. Similarly, people can also give a ‘missed call’ to this number and take membership. We want to touch the figure of one crore members by January 26,” he said.

Gopal Rai said, “People can also become members online. Party volunteers can download the membership form, set up camps, and go on door to-door campaigns to recruit people. Phone numbers will be collected from each person and they will get messages intimating them of their membership number. After January 17, those who do not have a mobile phone, can also enrol themselves on the basis of their Voter ID numbers. However, I must make it clear that only one person can register using one mobile phone number.”

Party sources said the number had crossed the 60,000-mark by late Friday. “In the first three hours alone, 47,500 people had registered online, and 1,950 had registered through either SMS or missed calls,” a party official said. Senior AAP leaders also confirmed that they had been in touch with Medha Patkar about her joining the party.

“Yogendra Yadav has spoken to Patkar. We have asked her to think about it, and she has shown inclination,” Pankaj Gutpa, member of the AAP’s national executive, said.

Asked about the jan sunwai planned outside the Secratariat on Saturday, Kejriwal said, “The idea is to break down the walls in the minds of the people. Right now, they think that ministers have big cars and huge gates, which keeps people out. We want to break those barriers.”

On the subject of the Delhi Lokpal Bill, Kejriwal said the taxpayer would not mind paying for a special session at Ramlila Maidan as it would “empower” them.

“We will hold a special session at Ramlila Maidan. I have asked experts and it is entirely constitutional and possible. The sessions being held before their eyes will make people feel empowered. We are for a politics where decision-making is done in front of the people, rather than behind closed doors,” he said.

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  1. Y
    Jan 11, 2014 at 1:09 pm
    How is it difference than other recruiting fairs in India?
  2. A
    Amit Singh
    Jan 13, 2014 at 2:01 am
    sooner it does better it will be
  3. C
    Jan 13, 2014 at 1:25 pm
    Yeah, with things going this way, I dont understand what AAP is trying to achieve?
  4. i
    icmathpal01 .
    Jan 12, 2014 at 7:00 am
    Katju's comments about 90% Indians comes back to memory...We never voted for AAP so that they could use Delhi as a stepping board, without proving anything here they are aspiring for the stars.. the AAP effect is clearly fading off very quickly in Delhi...
  5. S
    Jan 12, 2014 at 11:41 pm
    looks like AAP has become a party that starts a lot of things with no real end in mind. i find them totally directionless and visionless party
  6. E
    Jan 27, 2014 at 1:14 pm
    First of all - this is not number of members.This is roughly the tally of people who may be enthused and might vote AAP. They are not members just voters share for AAP in LS2014.Reason is : AAP doesn't have any agenda and membership is thrown in the disguise of providing opportunity to everyone - so few of these people are just purely driven by greed of political opportunism which will die since not all of them will get ticket from AAP for LS 2014 addition, since we have seen so much differences and thoughts from the top leadership - I doubt what individual members are doing beside just registering on this portal in 2 mins and living their normal life feeling someway or other they are ociated with Indian politics but this will also die since AAP has no direction and no structure to accommodate the difference of opinion amongst themselves. Because at the very start of AAP we are seeing top leadership autocracy in every decision of AAP that too without consulting members of that field.I have nothing against these members but they are just the number for APP to be frank - they are not and will not be bothered for single decision making of AAP functioning.All the best anyways.
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