After operating from a two-storey building on Hanuman Road for over a year, the AAP will soon be shifting its office to a three-storey building near Patel Nagar market. It is likely that national convener Arvind Kejriwal will move his residence to Hanuman Road, AAP sources said.
“Right now, the party office is located in a residential area. Residents there face difficulties because of cars and OB (outdoor broadcasting) vans parked on the road almost the entire day. We have located a building in Patel Nagar market which was earlier rented out to a bank. The decision to shift the office there is almost final. It might happen in the next two or three weeks,” a senior AAP leader said.
Following the outcome of the Delhi Assembly elections in December, the AAP was recognised as a state party and the party had been offered three plots in Saket by the Ministry of Urban Development. “We were offered a place in Saket by the government but we needed a location which is well connected through public transport. We are also waiting for the government to provide us with an alternative location,” the leader said.
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The party, now recognised as a state party, is entitled to a 500-sqm land. “If any state party in Delhi has at least seven MLAs, it is eligible to a land allocation of 500 sqm,” the leader said.
Meanwhile, Kejriwal, who has moved back to Kaushambi, may move his residence to 41, Hanuman Road, once the office is shifted.
“The building on Hanuman Road was chosen when Kejriwal decided to contest the Delhi Assembly elections from the New Delhi constituency. However, since the party was expanding, the building became the party office. The area is primarily residential. We might stay in the building and it could be used as Kejriwal’s residence,” the leader said.
AAP steps up campaign for fresh polls with hoardings outside Metro stations
A week after the Aam Aadmi Party launched a signature campaign in the capital to demand fresh Assembly elections, the party on Monday stepped up the effort, putting up hoardings outside Metro stations and asking people to sign them if they wanted Delhi to go to polls again.
“People appreciated the AAP’s exercise and actively participated in the signature campaign outside Metro stations,” the party said in a statement.
Two weeks ago, at a rally in Jantar Mantar, AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal had given a seven-day ultimatum to Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung to dissolve the Delhi Assembly. At the end of seven days, the party launched a signature campaign, starting with East Delhi.
According to AAP leaders, the signature campaign is akin to the bijli paani andolan launched by the AAP last year.
“Volunteers have stepped up their door-to-door campaign across constituencies. Apart from getting signatures, volunteers are engaging with the public and answering their queries on various issues,” the AAP statement said.
The signature campaign was started from AAP leader Manish Sisodia’s Patparganj constituency. In the campaign, through video messages and pamphlets, AAP volunteers carry Kejriwal’s message on elections and the reason behind the AAP government’s resignation. Kejriwal’s message speaks about how every resident of Delhi — reeling under inflation, escalating power and water tariff, water shortage and outages, corruption — wants fresh elections.