AAP making inroads in Mohali district

The Aam Admi Party (AAP) is fast making inroads in Mohali district, with nearly 3,000 volunteers already enlisted here. After a district committee was formed in December last year, block-level and village-level committees are being formed in the district, according to some AAP members.

"The victory in Delhi elections led to a manifold increase in the enrolment of volunteers here in Mohali. After the overwhelming response, we are confident of infiltrating grassroots politics as we have already conducted door-to-door surveys and encouraged people to enlist as volunteers," said Ajit Bhamra, convenor of the district unit of AAP. Bhamra heads a committee of 14 executive members.

Partymen said that in December 2012, Mohali was chosen along with 300 other districts across seven-eight states where Phase 1 of 'Mission Buniyad' was launched. Now the programme is in its second phase, which involves mass enrolment of volunteers, they said.

"After interacting with the Mohali residents, we found out that they are basically upset over three main town-specific issues - the recently imposed property tax, corruption in government offices and lack of public transport in town. The property tax has left a huge gap in the pockets of common people. As far as transport is concerned, we have been reading in the (news)papers for years that a public bus facility is going to be launched, but it has never materialised. If somebody is to travel from Sector 63 to 76, for instance, what means does he have?" said Bhamra.

Bhamra said the party was also visiting colonies and villages "not to make vote-banks, but to listen to the grievances of the people". "The administration should ensure that before conducting demolition drives, colony residents are adequately rehabilitated," he said.

AAP members said the process for formation of committees in Kharar, Dera Bassi and Majri blocks is almost complete, after which they'll target the villages. They said a large number of people are turning up every day at their office for enrolment into the party.

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