About 100 lawyers joined Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Vadodara on Thursday during a membership drive by the party.
Now,the party is planning a door-to-door campaign to reach out to the people and mobilise voters.
A group of lawyers symbolically swept the city roads with brooms and aligned themselves to AAP.
The lawyers,who wore the trademark AAP caps,said their motive behind joining AAP was to ensure a change in judiciary too.
Advocate R N S Ghotra,who signed the membership form here,said,The idea is to bring about a change in the overall system. Lawyers are also aam aadmi (common people). It is not just the politics that is corrupt,but judiciary is facing equally tough times with judges delivering only judgments and not justice in the real sense.
Ghotra and the group of Vadodara lawyers gathered outside the court to join the party. According to them,the sexual harassment case against Retired Justice A K Ganguly has shamed the legal system.
We are supporting AAP because it is made of common people who are fed up of the system that has been abused by present political parties like the Congress and the BJP. It is time to bring about a change, said advocate Ramesh Gujjar while joining the party.
The AAP has become the choice of many citizens who are disillusioned by the current political parties. However,the party workers said that the concept of public protest to create awareness is not working.
Paresh Patel,convenor of AAP in Vadodara,said,We are planning a door-to-door campaign to understand the issues of the people and bring them on board as we have realised that by sitting on dharnas,people only sympathise but it does not result in as much action. Our teams will go knocking at doors and meet people. At the same time,we will also further our plans to streamline our memberships.
We know that some people have joined with the intention of getting posts and tickets,but those will be revealed very soon. We are clear that only those who are interested in the footwork will be retained in the party. The others will not match with our line of thoughts, he added.
The party will now look to increase the funds in order to carry out its activities ahead of Lok Sabha polls. For donations,we have printed booklets of Re 1 per day,Rs 30 per month and Rs 100 per 10 days. We will request donations from people during the door-to-door drive as well as from our members. We still do not have any big donations coming, he further said.