1. Delhi: Ahead of MCD polls, AAP sets up ‘war room’

Delhi: Ahead of MCD polls, AAP sets up ‘war room’

The Aam Admi Party (AAP) has set up a three -room quarter in the centre of the national capital, which most of the time is bustled with volunteer meetings.

By: | New Delhi | Published: March 21, 2017 11:04 AM
The war room has its plan chalked out minute by minute. (Representative image: AP)

The Aam Admi Party (AAP) has set up a three -room quarter in the centre of the national capital, which most of the time is bustled with volunteer meetings. In this office, the volunteers and party leaders are mainly engaged in stock-taking and planning strategies for upcoming municipal elections, which is to be held on April 22, a report by ‘The Indian Express’ has said.

As per the report, this war room has its plan chalked out minute by minute. At least twenty-one verticals have been formed to for aspect of the polls. It includes list like expenditure, star campaigners, social media, door-to-door campaign, donations and funding, among others. Speaking to the paper, Saurabh Bhardwaj, AAP Delhi unit general secretary, who is heading the war room operations said that two teams on planning and implementation have been working simultaneously. There is a team of volunteers who are implementing it and another team is there to monitor it. After the end of each day, reports of both teams are matched to keep a track on progress, he added.

After the defeat in Punjab, the municipal elections in the national capital have come up as a new challenge for the party, that decided to focus on all its resources. Grappling with dissent among volunteers, the AAP has formed a specific team to handle disaffected workers.

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According to a party functionary, before any election, internal dissent is very common as all volunteers on ground expect a ticket to fight polls. Even if there are about 10 potential volunteers in each ward, there is just one ticket. He further said that because of this reason, there is a team which finds out unhappy volunteers and then district level leadership talks to them. In case the matter is not solved, there is another level of counselling by party leaders Ashutosh and Dilip Pandey and If that too doesn’t help, then the national leadership will speak to them.

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