Lok Sabha Elections 2014: AAP candidate tries to woo slum dwellers

Subhash Ware and 15 party workers spent Wednesday night at Babasaheb Ambedkar slum near Market Yard after making door-to-door visits

While the Congress-NCP combine kick-started their election campaign by organising a rally on Wednesday — attended by party heavyweights, the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) candidate, Subhash Ware, spent an entire night in the slum near Market Yard.

In election mode: AAP’s Subhash Ware addressing slum dwellers at Babasaheb Ambedkar Vasahat slum on Wednesday night. Pic/Mohan Patil

Ware, along with 15 party members, campaigned in Babasaheb Ambedkar Vasahat by organising door-to-door visits and decided to stay back after completing the campaigning by 10 pm.

“There are several pending issues here. Though the SRA agreement was drafted four years ago, it still remains on paper. Lack of adequate number of public toilets and sale of illegal liquor are a few of the major problems these dwellers face. I discovered these issues during my nightlong interactions with the slum dwellers,” Ware said.

When asked whether he believes in holding massive rallies and organising road shows, like other political parties, he told, “I don’t believe in show offs. I believe in reaching out to voters with the help of my karyakartas.”

Replying to the query on how he was going to tackle his richer opponents, Ware said since the party announced his candidature a month ago, people have been generous with their donations. “We have generated around Rs 19 lakh, which is sufficient for our campaign. Neither the party nor me have invested a single penny for the campaign. We are doing it with the help of Puneites.

Medha Patkar to promote Ware

Senior AAP leaders, Medha Patkar and Yogendra Yadav, would be visiting the city next month to campaign for Subhash Ware. While Patkar’s visit has been slated for April 2 April, Yadav would be visiting the city on April 12. Party chief Arvind Kejriwal, who is busy planning strategies for his battle against Modi in Varanasi, is yet to confirm his visit.

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