AAP to have separate manifestos for UP LS seats

With Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) experiment of coming up with separate manifestos for all 70 assembly constituencies in Delhi turning out to be successful, the party will be implementing the system in Uttar Pradesh and, in all likelihood, will also be implementing it across the country.

AAP's national core committee member Sanjay Singh, who is holding meetings with the five regional committees in UP, said the party will come up with separate manifestos for Lok Sabha constituencies in the state. "It has been decided that from whichever Lok Sabha we contest in UP, a separate manifesto will be prepared," Singh told The Indian Express.

He also said different regions of UP have different problems and these will be addressed through the manifestos.

"Bundelkhand has its own problems, Rohilkhand has its own problems, so we will address them too," Singh said, adding the issues will be decided by the local committees through meetings.

AAP's Political Affairs Committee (PAC) member Ilyas Azmi said in a PAC meeting before the Delhi elections, it was voiced that there are many local issues which are not addressed by a common manifesto.

"Hence, it was decided that local manifestos be issued to address local issues and to also bind the winners to work in this direction," he said, adding that the setup is "applicable to all elections." "This system (of preparing local manifestos) is good. Also, this also pressurises those (party candidates) who win to work hard," he said.

A party source said the matter will also be taken up in PAC meetings which are to be held shortly.

"There is a growing chorus from many regions to take up the preparations of manifesto the way it was taken up in Delhi," the source said. "So keeping in mind the demand and other factors, the PAC will take up the matter," he said.

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