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As part of party rejig, AAP plans to strengthen booth management

Written by Dipankar Ghose | New Delhi | Posted: June 21, 2014 1:54 am

In its much-touted organisational rejig, the AAP has identified booth management as one of the primary areas of improvement. This comes after assessments by the party that one of the major factors that led to the disappointing four-seat haul in the Lok Sabha elections was the lack of manpower at the booth-level across the country.

After the Delhi Assembly elections too — the party had surpassed expectations by bagging 28 seats — it was felt that the tally could have been higher had booth management been more efficient on the last day.

Apart from the 28 seats that AAP won in the Delhi Assembly polls, the party finished second in close to 20 seats. It was felt that improvement at the booth level could have made a difference, party leaders said.

An integral part of “Mission Vistaar”, the AAP’s attempt at reorganisation, is to establish booth-level committees in all seats across the country, instead of just having a booth agent, leaders said.

“In this way, the last leg of the electoral process will also be taken care of in an efficient manner. Booth Committees will have several people, instead of just one agent. This ensures that in any corner of the country, there is a group of AAP volunteers on polling day who will persuade people to come and vote. One definite weak area in the past two elections that the party contested has been our outreach programme on polling day,” a senior party leader said.

The organisational shake-up will be conducted not just in Delhi, but also in areas where the party has less presence, sources said.

Lalit Agarwal, coordinator of the Bhiwani Mahendergarh wing of the AAP, said, “We have been looking at creating a 15-member booth-level committee in every single booth across the district. This  will be followed in other districts as well. During our recruitment drive, which is a continuous process, there were many volunteers who registered but could not be put to use. They are being utilised in this fashion now that we have time to put systems in place.”

Sources said booth-level committees were a large part of the discussions held when members of the AAP’s central leadership visited states.

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