AAP finds ‘70 poll manifestos’ is no go

Party members said at each meeting,several hundred suggestions came in,making it difficult to prioritise.

Written by Dipankar Ghose | New Delhi | Published:October 21, 2013 2:59 am

Having declared an ambitious plan to create manifestos for each of Delhi’s 70 Assembly constituencies,the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) now finds itself in a bind trying to incorporate the flood of suggestions pouring in.

Party members said at each meeting,several hundred suggestions came in,making it difficult to prioritise. At the current rate,officials said the drafting the manifestos to would take longer to complete than anticipated.

According to officials,filtering from a barrage of microscopic demands was proving to be extremely “tricky”.

“The difference that we have portrayed between our party and the BJP and the Congress is that we listen to people’s demands and work according to what they want. However,some of the demands are extremely microscopic and do not revolve around issues as such. For instance,some want candidates to fix a property dispute. Obviously,that is something that cannot be included in the manifesto. But,there is a fear that the people who pitched the problem will be angered if it does not find mention in the manifesto,” a party official said.

Another major hindrance for party workers putting together a manifesto is the sheer diversity of people that fall under a constituency. “A large Assembly seat such as Delhi Cantonment has people from different sections of society. Those that live in jhugii jhopris face issues of water and electricity. People from the defence forces have issues of lease and transfer of land. There are no sewage lines in the area,as it is defence land. Each person has a different problem,and it is impossible to include them all,” a party official said.

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