In AAP win, crucial support from UP

Among the factors that worked in Aam Aadmi Party's phenomenal debut performance at the Delhi Assembly polls was the relentless stride that the party's supporters took from various corners of the country to reach the national capital where they extended support in their own way.

Besides Uttar Pradesh, people from Maharashtra, Haryana, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh arrived in Delhi and took up residence at their relatives', or mere acquaintainces in some cases, and where there was none, the AAP's Delhi suppporters threw open their homes to make room for the visiting ones, who describe of having lived through an "electoral revolution" with an "unsusal bonhomie" shared over their "resentment against corruption and the system".

Sudhir Bhardwaj of Agra, who left the management of his IT company into his father's hands before landing in Delhi "with a dozen of my friends" in January "felt that sitting on an armchair and expressing unhappiness on social networking sites can't bring about a revolution". "For that, we needed to get on the streets," says Sudhir, for whom a family in Vikas Puri locality became a "second family" by way of its support and help it lended him and his group.

Anmol, an IIT-Roorkee alumni and a convenor of AAP's Lucknow district team, shared space with supporters from other states at the house of Vikas Puri candidate Mahinder Yadav, who won. Secretary of the party's Lucknow team, Vishal Vikram Singh, 28, utilised his work leaves to campaign for Karol Bagh candidate Vishesh Ravi, who also won. "For the campaign, we would leave early morning and often miss out on meals but members in Delhi ensured we had dinner," Singh said. And AAP recognised their importance. "Their (volunteers') role was very crucial. When people from all over the country join you, it gives a different tinge to your campaign. People were present in large numbers from across the country. Around 5,000-6,000 of them came from UP," said senior AAP leader Sanjay Singh.

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