Soon after the Delhi poll results were announced, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) started a drive in the city to recruit members, said the party’s National Executive member Yogendra Yadav on Thursday.
The response so far has been very good and 30,000 members have registered in just a week’s time. In terms of donations, Bangalore is the most liberal contributor, he said. During a press conference, Yadav said voters in Karnataka are very politically aware and from 1984 on, have not voted for the party in power.
“Unfortunately, they have not had a proper alternative and AAP is here to bring that change,” he said. He said agriculture is main issue in the state.
AAP will break the myth that religion and caste play important roles in elections, he added.
On the formation of government in Delhi, he said, “We won’t do what other politicians do. We have started a campaign to seek peoples’ opinions to decide the next course of action.”
Yadav also said the Delhi poll results show that elections can be won without black money. He said AAP is not a party restricted to Delhi and has a national vision.
“We have special hopes from Karnataka which gave great support during Anna Hazare’s Indian Against Corruption movement,” Yadav said. However, he clarified that the party has not decided the number of seats it will contest for in the state.
Yadav also said former Karnataka Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde is a role model for all and added that the party would respect the former Team Anna member’s decision on auditing AAP.
On reports of UIDAI chairman Nandan Neilkani entering politics, he said this is a result of AAP entering politics.
Previously, no political parties used to think on such lines, but after AAP’s emergence, political perception has began to change.