Having started its political career with monetary donations from the people all over the country, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), for its expansion in Uttar Pradesh, has once again turned to the public for donations — of scrap newspapers and old magazines.
In the urban areas of Varanasi, Allahabad and Lucknow, AAP workers are all set to knock doors and collect old newspapers, used books, or any other scrap in print that people can “donate”. The party unit will sell the donated scrap to generate funds for its expansion in UP where it intends to contest the Assembly elections in 2017.
The campaign will start at home, with AAP’s ward-level workers in Lucknow told to bring all the scrap from their houses to the party’s office. The party will also give free membership to the “scrap donors”.
Thereafter, a press conference will be held, and the workers let loose on the urban streets with carts decorated with the message ‘desh ki sewa mein raddi daan karein’ to collect as much scrap as they can.
“People clean their houses during Diwali and sell the scrap to local vendors. AAP workers will request them to donate them to us. It will be another way to make contacts with people and add new members in the party,” AAP’s state spokesperson Vaibhav Maheshwari said, and added that after the launch in Lucknow, the campaign will be taken up in other districts of the state.
The AAP had stopped charging membership fee of Rs 10 after the Lok Sabha elections last year. At present, it inducts new members free of cost. The party, however, still accepts “voluntary” cash donation from new and existing members.
The AAP, currently in power in Delhi, hopes to strengthen its organisation in UP for which it will distribute pamphlets that will highlight its president and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s achievements.
Kejriwal is also likely to address a rally of workers and new members in Lucknow in February next year.