The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will be conducting a nationwide membership drive titled ‘Mein Bhi Aam Aadmi’ (I too am a common man) to invite people to join the party. The decision comes a day after the party announced its plans to contest the Lok Sabha polls.
“The membership drive will be held from January 10-26, we have decided not to charge the membership fee of `10 that was taken earlier,” said party leader Yogendra Yadav while addressing reporters.
Yadav said that emphasis will be on fielding good candidates in maximum number of seats in at least 15-20 states in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
The party will form a three-member National Campaign Co-ordination committee which will look into the party’s manifesto, fund raising and screen members who would contest the Lok Sabha polls.
The committee will be headed by party leaders Sanjay Singh, Yogendra Yadav and AAP national secretary Pankaj Gupta. In Delhi, the National Executive meeting of the party continued for the second day on Sunday where party leaders deliberated and finalised a strategy for the upcoming polls.
Commenting on the upcoming Haryana Assembly elections, Yadav said that the AAP plans to contest in all 10 Lok Sabha seats and 90 Assembly seats.
“The Assembly elections in Haryana are due in October, but there are speculations that it could be advanced or held along with the Lok Sabha elections. The party has decided to contest all the Lok Sabha and assembly seats there,” Yadav said.
While the Aam Aadmi Party plans to release the manifesto by March, the first list of candidates who will contest Lok Sabha elections is likely to be declared by January 15-20.
“We are looking at a Lok Sabha manifesto that will be applicable for the entire country. However, we also plan to encourage candidates to have a constituency-based manifesto as well,” Yadav said.