After Delhi, itís Kolkataís turn now, says AAP
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With their morale soaring after the phenomenal performance in New Delhi, volunteers of Aam Aadmi Party put up their first rally here in Kolkata today. Named Chetna Yatra, the activists say the rally is a step towards creating public awareness about AAP in West Bengal.
Sporting the trademark cap and carrying brooms, the party's election symbol, over 200 volunteers, mostly youths, walked from College Square to Metro Channel, chanting slogans about the waking up of common man and how after Delhi, it is Kolkata's turn now.
"The rally meant to help assemble AAP supporters who are working at different levels in different districts. We will soon have a committee here in discussion with the leadership in Delhi, a team of which is expected to arrive here in January. There is only an adhoc committee at the moment," said a party volunteer, adding that over 3,000 supporters of AAP have been contacted over the phone, physically and through social networking sites.
He said that the turnout would have been a lot more had there not been a public service examination scheduled.
"A number of youths taking the test had called us up to ask if they should skip it but we asked them not to. There will be plenty of such meetings where they can participate," the volunteer said.
Another activist Ranjana Singh said that people here in Bengal need to be informed about certain rights such as 'right to reject' and 'right to repoll' and they need to speak up against forces that prevent them from exercising these rights.
A senior volunteer, Yashwant Singh said that all kinds of corruption should be opposed, no matter how small in nature. "Right from the Rs 5 bribe taken by traffic constables to the multi-crore Saradha Group scam, we must put in every effort to stop all sorts of corruption."