The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is in the process of raising an ‘Ex-Servicemen Members Group’ from within the existing members of the party.
The group will be headed by former NSG commando and Delhi Cantonment MLA Surender Singh. Party sources said after forming the group, it will seek to address their complaints and make them “an active group of volunteers”.
A party source said, “Ex-servicemen are a group of people who voted for us in high numbers and we want to attend to their complaints. Their complaints are usually very specific, dealing with issues of pension, land use and so on.
We are looking at organising them and creating a forum, where their issues will be heard. Commando Surender Singh will head this group of ex-servicemen, being one of the faces of the party himself.”
Singh said the party was going through membership forms from all over the country and membership applications were increasing. “We have in excess of 2,000 members already, and all their names and contact numbers are being gathered.
Eventually, the volunteer force will be so large that it can be called upon as one unit to help in any activity that the party wants to give it,” Singh said.
The MLA added, “The ex-servicemen’s group is only in its initial stage so far. But once the members of the unit are organised, it could prove to be a big asset for the party. People will trust them. Those who have served in the party can potentially be deployed in areas where urgent work needs to be done.”