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‘Bottom-up’ approach is AAP’s new plan of action

The party’s Political Affairs Committee (PAC) and National Executive are also going to be expanded, leaders said.

New Delhi | Published: May 27, 2014 1:36:48 am

After the Aam Aadmi Party’s dismal performance in the Lok Sabha elections and allegations of lack of inner-party democracy, the party is looking at revamping its structure and adopting a ‘bottom-up” approach, AAP leaders said.

By Aditi Vatsa

At an internal party meeting held a few days ago, the party decided to focus on “organisational restructuring”.

AAP senior leader Ashutosh, who is among the party leaders preparing a blue print on the matter, said, “Re-organisation of the party is a primary concern for us. We are looking at better representation of various sections in the party. The plans include strengthening the party’s organisation at the polling booth level. Instead of a top-down approach, we are looking at a bottom-up approach now. However, these plans are at a preliminary stage and need to be approved by the party.”

The party’s Political Affairs Committee (PAC) and National Executive are also going to be expanded, leaders said.

“The PAC was constituted when the party was formed. A lot of people with a deep understanding of politics have joined the party since then. We are looking at involving more people in these committees to have a wider representation,” a senior AAP leader said.

A large section of AAP volunteers have been demoralised after the party secured only four seats in the Lok Sabha elections. It was apparent in a recent volunteers’ meeting, where several people raised concerns about wider consultation with the volunteers in decision-making.
While the party leaders maintained that those trying to disrupt the meeting were not AAP members, the party admitted that they were look at ways to boost the morale of the volunteers.

“We are planning to have at least five active volunteers at each polling booth level. We are also looking at providing them with some sort of designation to honour their service to the party. Apart from strengthening of the party at booth-level, we will also look at wards and Assembly level units,” a senior AAP leader said.

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