AAP Odisha targets to enroll 1 lakh members

Bhubaneswar: Buoyed by its spectacular performance in the recent Delhi Assembly polls, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Odisha chapter has set a target to enroll more than three lakh members in the state during its membership drive.

The Main bhi aam aadmi campaign, which was kicked off nationally in Delhi today by AAP leader and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal with an aim to register more than one crore members, will continue till January 26.

“The membership drive was in progress in Odisha with a target of 1 lakh members by January 15. Since the nationwide drive started today, we revised our target to 3 lakh members by January 26,” said Nishikanta Mohapatra, State Convener, AAP, Odisha.

Addressing media persons here, the AAP leader added that the party was contemplating to field candidates in the ensuing elections.

“The success story in Delhi has proved that people are desperate for a change and they want a party like us. In the forthcoming general elections, we are planning to field candidates in all 21 Lok Sabha seats in Odisha,” he stated.

“We’ll soon decide about our next course of action for Assembly election in a week’s time,” Mohapatra said.

According to media reports, announcing the campaign, Kejriwal said people aspiring to join the AAP across the country could SMS on a toll-free number – 07798220033 – or give a missed call.

“The membership number will be sent via SMS,” he said, clarifying that one mobile number would record only one membership.

Apart from this, people can also enrol into the party by filling a form on AAP’s Web site.

Admitting that not every person in the country had mobile phones, Kejriwal said such people would be approached door-to-door.