AAP kicks off Matdar Jagriti Abhiyan, up for 'clean politics'

The Aam Aadmi Party in Vadodara kicked off its Matdar Jagriti Abhiyan on the first day of the New Year. Activists of AAP sat down at a dharna at Kothi in Vadodara on Wednesday trying to convey a message to the people to bring "clean politics" into power.

The party formed a team that would facilitate the registration of online voters in order to ensure that the citizens were not put off by the red-tapism of securing voter id cards ahead of Lok Sabha 2014.

The Vadodara AAP workers, armed with their brooms sat outside the district collectorate office to "awaken" people to clean politics.

The party unit in Vadodara has increased in strength from 500 in November to about 3,000 at the end of December, especially after the formation of the New Delhi Government. On Tuesday alone, the party registered 267 new members. With steady numbers pouring in in support, the workers are enthused about their chances in the coming elections.

The party has designated two volunteers in each ward to facilitate the correct registration of voters. Vadodara AAP convenor Paresh Patel says, "Two volunteers in each ward, fully trained about online registration of voters, will continuously monitor the problems related to voter ids. They will process the voter id cards through the forms available on the website of the Election Commissioners, so that the people do not have to stand in long queues and face corrupt officers. We will also establish door-to-door contact with people to understand the issues related to the corporation and other institutions."

The workers chanted slogans about "freeing the country" from the divisive vote bank politics of "money for power and power for money". Patel said, "We are trying to awaken people to overcome the vote bank politics and not get swayed by emotional symbols that politicians are so good at using."

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