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AAP ranks swell in NE

Guwahati, Jan. 9: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Assam today received a shot in the arm with over 250 advocates and doctors from the city formally joining the party, a day ahead of its nationwide “Mein bhi aam aadmi (I, too, am a common man)” drive takes off.

While members from the legal fraternity who joined the AAP are now practising in Gauhati High Court and other subordinate courts, the medical professionals who became AAP members include the owners of the city’s two leading private hospitals.

The AAP’s state coordinator, Pranjal Bordoloi, told this correspondent that it was an extremely encouraging development — that too a day before the party starts its nationwide membership-recruitment drive.

He said the number of people from the legal and medical fraternity joining the AAP would increase in the coming days as the party was still processing a large number of applications.

“We could process a little more than 250 applications of lawyers and doctors and thus allow them to formally join the AAP,” Bordoloi said.

The AAP will launch a massive all-India recruitment drive from tomorrow for which the party will waive its Rs 10 membership fee. The drive designed as “mein bhi aam aadmi” will continue till January 26. It is aimed at strengthening the party across the country to contest the ensuing Lok Sabha polls.

Executive member of Lawyers’ Association, Guwahati, Brajen Kakoti, told this correspondent that he would never have joined a political party if there was no emergence of a political platform like the AAP.

“The AAP is not just a political party. Rather it is a much-awaited movement that the people of this country were waiting for to bring about a change in the system of governance. Being a lawyer, I strongly feel that laws in the country have to be strictly enforced to deliver justice to the people. So far laws were made only to be broken. The AAP has shown us a ray of hope and so I have joined the party,” Kakoti said.

Mohar Uddin Mondal, an advocate of Gauhati High Court who joined the AAP, said the Congress, BJP and all other political parties have proved over the years that they take voters for a ride only to grab power.

“Politicians of such parties promise voters bridges where there is no river. People are fed up with such parties and are desperately looking for change. The AAP has been able to fill the vacuum of good and honest leaders in the country’s political system,” Mondal said.

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