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Aap begins its campaign in Punjab with ‘Bolda Punjab’

Aap begins its campaign in Punjab with 'Bolda Punjab'

Congress party’s recent initiative with Captain’, devised by Prashant Kishor, Poll Strategist. AAP had launched  `Bolda Punjab‘ which was inaugurated in Mohali on 23 April. Shiromani Akali Dal do not have any specific election-related initiative.

`Coffee with Captain’ is an interactive programme which involves conversation of people with Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president and likely chief ministerial candidate Amarinder Singh if the Congress wins in the next elections.

Bolda Punjab‘ is Aam Aadmi Party’s initiative by organizing a conversation programme with different sections of people, in different cities to help it prepare manifesto of the party.  Kanwar Sandhu, senior journalist, heads the manifesto of Punjab committee of Aam Aadmi Party.  Chander Suta Dogra is a member of the committee along with other members which includes Raghu Mahajan, Dr Sarika Verma, Gagandeep Singh Chadha, Gurinder Singh Birring, Mohammad Ovais, Ashish Khetan, Succha Singh Chhotepur, MPs Bhagwant Mann and Sadhu Singh.

Sucha Singh Chotepur,  senior AAP leader got an astounding response for the programme of inaugural initiative of Bolda Punjab. The programme was based on the youth interaction.

`We are very encouraged by our inaugural programme of `Bolda Punjab’. The response of the youngsters was better than we expected. The crowd was very enthusiastic. They were concerned about rising unemployment and the growing menace of drugs in the state. The youth want jobs, better sports facilities, better employment opportunities. They want parties to address their problems” said by Sucha Singh.

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Under different Punjab governments, the dialogue committee plans to hold structural public meeting in order to get to know about the difficulties people have.

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According to Sandhu, the main concerning issues are drug menace, suicides by farmers, rising unemployment, issues of the youth, corruption in public offices, health problems, problems at work, mafia menace, mafia control of sand, liquor, drugs, transport and cable network business in Punjab and issues relating to the NRIs.

`Bolda Punjab’ initiative however was not launched to counter the programme of ‘Coffee with Captain’.

However this intiative was launched in order to take people’s view which will help in the formation of AAP’s manifesto.The basis of the Party’s manifesto will be based on the views, aspirations and problems of the people. The feedback of the people will help in brining AAP and people together. `Delhi Dialogue’  was a similar programme that was launched before elections in Delhi.

The manifesto of AAP is very likely to be ready by the month of June. It will be then released in September by Arvind Kejriwal. In Punjab, people from different sections of the society have joined AAP. Which includes  former international hockey players Hardeep Grewal and Jagdeep Gill, state Women’s Panel former chief Parminder Kaur, former member of the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandakh Committee (SGPC) Jarnail Aulakh and Congress leader Paramjit Singh Pamma. Pamma is the Nangal Municipal Councilor and former Block Congress president.


The growing usage of drugs, rising unemployment and fighting corruption are the issues that are raised by both Congress and AAP.   In 2014, AAP went for the Lok Sabha elections and managed to win 4 seats in its first attempt. 2017 is an issue of prestige for the Congress Punjab Assembly elections.

For the last 10 years, Congress has been out of power and is ready to de- throne to Akali Dal but AAP stands in the way.

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In order to popularize the election campaign, Congress and AAP are making good use of social media. Akalis reportedly using a private social media to propagate their election campaign. Congress decided to run a professional agency-the Indian Political Action Committee (IPAC) run by Prashant Kishor for its election campaign.

Congress party decided to hire a professional agency the Indian Political Action Committee (IPAC) run by Kishor for its election campaign. Amarinder Singh, made it clear that this is his last elections as the Chief Ministerial Candidate.

`Fund raising dinner’ pro grammes with the party’s top people, AAP is depending on for their funds. Akalis are finding it difficult to announce sops for the people in the last year of the poll. Punjab’s economy is in depression and it just doesn’t have the funds for any new projects.

Rahul Gandhi, Congress vice president in order to hold meeting with the party workers, he came to Zirakpur. Rahul Gandhi said that Akalis are the major challenge for Congress party in the upcoming elections of 2017 and AAP is not a very big challenge in Punjab.

In Punjab, all the parties are talking pledges to fight against the drugs and no body is talking about the liquor problem, which flows freely in the state.

“Punjab’s economy is critically dependent on the excise policy. Punjab’s economy will collapse if tomorrow we put a ban on the sale of liquor,’’ said Amarinder Singh.

Sucha Singh Chotepur said that People of Punjab are not going to be fooled by Akali’s propaganda and they are opposed in Punjab. People of Punjab have trust on only 1 party and that party is Aam Aadmi Party.

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