Buoyed by Delhi win, AAP to go all out in city

The city unit of AAP is gearing up to replicate the party's Delhi win for the upcoming Lok Sabha election. As part of this, the party has decided to take up an intensive membership drive. Like in Delhi, corruption would be the main campaign issue. "The success of party in the Delhi polls has poured in the much-needed energy in activists. Party activists have been told to strengthen the party base by registering more members," said Maruti Bhapkar, AAP convener in Pune.

The AAP's good show in Delhi has given hope to many citizens ere who now believe that they can bring in changing by dethroning established political parties, Bhapkar said. "We want to cash in on the popularity of the party and give an alternative to the public looking for a change. The formula executed in Delhi would be followed in the city and party activists would take up local issues too," he said.

Bhapkar said the party already had activitsts both in rural and urban areas of Pune. "We would soon constitute a committee at the block level in rural areas and ward level in urban areas so that ground-level work could be started soon," he said. He said as per the direction of the part leaders they have started looking for able candidattes to contest on party ticket. "As and when the party demands, the list of probable candidates would be sent to the party leaders," he said.

The ruling Congress-NCP combine have been facing corruption allegations while the BJP-Shiv Sena had failed to deliver during their rule, he said. Bhapkar said while the MNS tries to woe voters by stoking their emotion, the AAP would address the local issues of the public and generate confidence.

"The tainted image of city MP Suresh Kalmadi along with corruption issues related to special economic zones and development work has given sufficient fodder for AAP to make inroads into city politics," Bhapkar said

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