India: Man to Man Marking Model of AAM Admi Party
Posted by Zaheerul Hassan
Strategy teams are closeted in ‘war rooms’, hunched-hooked over computers
Leading an army: Captain Amarinder Singh at a meeting in Bathinda on 30 th January 2017 (Monday). Poll strategist Prashant Kishor is in command of his campaign.
1. Sardar Manpreet Singh Badal seems looking surprisingly at the face of Captain Amarinder Singh keeping in view of and facing ‘THE POLL STRATEGIC-TACTICAL MODEL OF ‘AAM AADMI PARTY (AAP)’
2. The two big electoral triumphs of 2015 were the victories of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi and the Janata Dal(U)-Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD)-Congress lmahagathbandhan (grand alliance) in Bihar. Now, in Punjab, the campaign teams that powered their respective war rooms are facing off again in a fight for every vote.
3. At a two-storey, whitewashed building in one of the leafy sectors of Chandigarh, three or four AAP volunteers are hunched over a computer, waiting for the “daily masala” or data with regard to the intensive door-to-door campaign being undertaken by their team. Most of these volunteers had been with the party in the campaign for the Delhi elections and the seamlessness of the operation is quite evident.
4. “We have thousands of local volunteers, of course, but also from the Delhi campaign. You can call this the AAP model of campaigning,” said Deepak Bajpai, party spokesperson. “We aim to cover every household in the State twice over, and target reaching out to at least 4.5 lakh people every day.”
5. The war room, or office, has a communal kitchen, and two terraces covered by shamianas to create more “office space”. The house has been lent to the campaign by an AAP supporter in Canada.
6. Among those who have returned to the team from the Delhi campaign are Sarika, an ENT specialist who quit her job at a Delhi hospital five months ago to help with the campaign. “This is my fourth election with the AAP. Last time round, part of the campaign office ran from my clinic in Gurgaon,” she said as she assigned areas for the newly arrived batch of NRI volunteers from Canada.
7. AAP leaders say that come polling day, more than one lakh volunteers will be manning the polling booths. “Our model is man-to-man marking, intensive house-to-house outreach, and leaving the rallies, addressed by Arvind Kejriwal, Bhagwant Mann or Sanjay Singh to another team,” said a volunteer.
An extract from an article in THE HINDU written by Journalist, Nistula Hebbar.
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Balbir Singh Sooch-Sikh Vichar Manch