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Post Delhi win, AAP adds over 2.87 lakh members in 3 days

AAP had opened its offices in almost all districts in UP during the Lok Sabha polls.

After recording a landslide victory in the recent Delhi Assembly polls, AAP has added over 2.87 lakh members in Uttar Pradesh during the last three days.

According to state AAP leaders, since February 10, around 72,000 members have joined the party online every day from across the state.

Since the foundation of the party on November 26, 2012, AAP had added 27.3 lakh members till January 31, this year — with 3,425 members joining every day across UP.

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Office-bearers said maximum new members have been added in Varanasi where AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal had faced defeat in Lok Sabha elections.

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While around 29,000 people have joined AAP online in Varanasi, 23,000 have joined in Ghaziabad, 21,000 in Lucknow and 11,000 in Kanpur since February 10.

In other districts, 5,000 to 8,000 people have joined AAP during the last three days. Following such a response, the membership page of the party website had crashed on February 12, an office-bearer claimed.

AAP’s national council member Vaibhav Maheshwari said the membership rate had come down in UP after Arvind Kejriwal quit as Delhi chief minister and lost the Lok Sabha elections to Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year. “But, after the exit polls predicted a revival of AAP and the party won 67 seats in Delhi, people again started showing faith in the party. We are sure that AAP will emerge as an alternative to other parties in UP,” added Maheshwari.

Though AAP had opened its offices in almost all districts in UP during the Lok Sabha polls, no activity was taken up after the party drew blank in the state.

“Almost 70 per cent of the 2.87 lakh members, who joined the party during past three days, are between 20 to 30 years of age,” said Maheshwari, adding that the party is now preparing for the 2017 UP Assembly polls and has decided to open ward level offices across the state. On Thursday, the party opened its first such office for the Lucknow West seat in Thakurganj area.

The party has decided to install TV sets at several places in Lucknow on Saturday for Kejriwal’s oath ceremony in Delhi. Sources said 11 AAP MLAs elected in Delhi, who have their roots in UP, are likely to be asked to strengthen party organisation in the state.