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AAP brooms out in Dhanbad

Dhanbad, Dec. 28: The swishing sound of the broom reverberated in Dhanbad today as AAP supporters took out a rally from Gandhi Seva Sadan to the district collectorate to mark Arvind Kejriwal’s coronation as the Delhi chief minister.

“Now, the educated people cannot pass the buck on to others or crib for a clean political system. They should take the onus on their own shoulders to purge the system,” said Nishtha Sood (22), a first-semester linguistics student of Delhi University, who came all the way from the national capital to take part in the rally.

The campaign was led by Prashant Sahi, a Dhanbad resident and Delhi-based RTI activist. Members of the district unit of Dhanbad civil society, including its coordinator Vijay Jha, also took part. “We will field our candidate from Dhanbad Lok Sabha seat in the next election,” he said.

Sahi also announced the names of those who will be in charge of different cells of the party in Dhanbad. Trade union leader A.K. Sharma will be training-in-charge, while advocate Nirmal Singh will serve as legal cell-in-charge.

MP Malakar, a private firm sales manager, will monitor work. IT professional Chandan Sharma has been made the party’s networking in-charge for the district.

Sood said that AAP’s victory in Delhi had proved that honest and educated people had a place in politics.

“Youths, however, should not take a plunge in politics to gain power and money, but to realise the concept of Swaraj as envisioned by Kejriwal and make the society and government free of corruption,” added Sood, who had earlier participated in several rallies during the Assembly election.

She had also been actively associated with lawyer-turned-politician Somnath Bharti who rose to become a member of Kejriwal’s cabinet. “I was highly impressed by the life, work and ideas of Kejriwal and his team,” she said.