By NOUMAN KHALIL
Weeks after Aam Aadmi (common man) Party came to power in New Delhi, India, it launched its campaign in Canada and elsewhere in the globe to raise funds and get more support for the upcoming general elections for India’s 16th Lok Sabha.
Volunteering for the party, a group of GTA residents Saturday launched Aam Aadmi Party’s campaign in Canada at a press conference in Mississauga. The movement is aimed at raising funds and motivating local NRIs (non-resident Indians) to caste their ballot in the upcoming general elections.
“Let’s support it, it’s a common man party,” said Sudeep Singla, media coordinator of Aam Aadmi Party in Canada. “We want all NRIs to come aboard with us and support this party and bring change in the lives of ordinary people all across India.”
Singla said only Indian passport holders can vote or donate for the party, but urged all Canadian residents of Indian origin to help promote good candidates.
“We request every Indian passport holder to go back and vote, but if you cannot then convince your families and friends and help bring a change,” Singla told SAF.
Headed by Arvind Kejriwal, one-time close associate of Anna Hazare, the AAP has been emerging as India’s new political force, which speaks for ordinary people.
Since being launched in November 2012, the party led several impressive campaigns in India against rising prices of water and electricity. It also demanded stronger anti-rape laws and spoke for justice for victims of rape and sexual harassment.
In its first electoral show in New Delhi, Aam Aadmi Party recently managed to form a minority government by winning 28 out of 70 seats in the Delhi Legislative Assembly.
Singla said the AAP volunteers have also launched campaigns in other parts of the globe while in Canada the group will manage the party movement from coast to coast.
He, however, insisted that cash donations are not acceptable and people can only donate by visiting the party’s central website for donations or through their connections in India.
For more information, visit www.aamaadmiparty.org.
By NOUMAN KHALIL