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Delhi Assembly Elections: Pune AAP volunteers head to Delhi to boost party’s chances

More than 150 Pune volunteers set to travel to New Delhi in the next few weeks.

AAP, Arvind Kejriwal
At the AAP dialogue in Sangam Vihar. (Source: Express photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

With the national capital gearing up for the Assembly elections scheduled early next year, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) volunteers from the city are heading to Delhi to help the party in its second bid to come to power there. As many as 168 volunteers are scheduled to travel to New Delhi in the next few weeks to participate in the ongoing election drive of AAP.

The desolate state of the Delhi Assembly earlier this year paved way for the elections, dates of which are yet to be announced. AAP leader and former chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has hit the campaign trail and is hoping to get full majority in the Assembly. Kejriwal’s fledgling party had put up a good show during the 2013 elections and he had become the chief minister. However Kejriwal had resigned after 49 days which had thrown the national capital into political uncertainty.

Amit Khandelwal, an AAP volunteer, said that the majority of the volunteers would be involved in door-to-door campaigns as well as in various other events. “Most of the volunteers are from Pune, while we have some from Kolhapur and other regions also. A team of 20 volunteers from Nagpur are already in the capital working alongside the Delhi volunteers,” he said.  Khandelwal added that most of the volunteers were from various IT companies and had taken leave to participate in the process.

“Most of us would be gone for 15-20 days, after which a new set of volunteers would go. The volunteers from here are staying with the Delhi volunteers and working with them,” he said. When it was pointed out that the dates for the elections had not been announced yet, Khandelwal said that they were working to prepare the ground for Kejriwal’s re-election.

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During the 2013 elections, volunteers from Pune had travelled to Delhi to participate in the process.

The AAP in Delhi has been rattled by the exit of leaders, many of whom have joined the BJP. The party’s performance during the Lok Sabha elections was also dismal with majority of the
candidates losing.

Meanwhile, Abha Mulay, the state secretary of AAP, said the party was planning to hold various fund-raising programmes in Pune after the second week of January. “We are planning to have dinner with Yogendra Yadav and MP Bhagwan Mann for this. Also, for Maharashtra, the party’s mission ‘Vistar and Samvaad’ is continuing,” she said.