With Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh just months away, the Aam Aadmi Party has started reaching out to people in the state through "poha chaupals", a program aimed at holding dialogues over snack.
After the first "poha chaupal" held on April 13 in Mandsaur, a similar program will be held in parts of the state and it will culminate next month.
AAP introduces 'poha chaupals' in poll-bound MP
First poha chaupal
First poha chaupal held in Mandsaur
AAP's MP unit convener Alok Agrawal said, "I came up with the idea of holding 'poha chaupals' as the snack is very popular across the state."
"It got a good response. Issues directly affecting the people came up for discussion. We decided to hold the first chaupal in Mandsaur, where seven farmers were killed in police firing on June 6, 2017," he added.
'Poha chaupals' reminiscent of 'chai pe charcha'
The "poha chaupal" initiative reminds one of the "chai pe charcha" (discussion over tea), a mega outreach program launched by the BJP ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls involving the party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.
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Program aims to connect people from all walks of life
Elaborating on the objective of the program, Alok Agarwal said, "Through the poha chaupals, we want to connect to the people coming from different walks of life, like doctors, teachers, social workers, but most importantly common people."
The party's "poha chaupal" program will conclude on May 14, he said adding, "After this, we are going to draft our manifesto."
AAP to field its contestant on all 230 seats
Elections in MP are due by 2018-end and AAP has decided to field candidates on all 230 seats.
"We will make it a point that only upright and unblemished people are given tickets," Agarwal said.
He expressed confidence that AAP will spring a surprise in Assembly polls.
"BJP has failed on all fronts and the main opposition Congress is not united," he added.
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