Sitting in their homes in Seattle, USA, a group of over a hundred Indians are working day and night to help Aam Admi Party’s (AAP) Karawal Nagar constituency candidate Kapil Mishra dislodge sitting BJP MLA Mohan Singh Bisht in the assembly elections.AAP’s Seattle chapter has adopted this constituency as part of the party’s ‘Adopt a Constituency’ initiative. This is not an isolated instance.
AAP Chapters in Australia,Singapore, New Zealand, South Korea and Germany have adopted constituencies of New Delhi like Trilokpuri, Seelampur, Shalimar Bagh and Burari respectively. There are about 18 AAP chapters across the world–comprising techies, housewives, senior citizens, doctors, writers etc., as members–which have adopted different constituencies in Delhi. From digitizing and analysing voter details, preparing a manifesto and planning interesting campaigns to connect with people, managing Twitter and Facebook accounts and fund-raising, these groups are doing everything possible to help AAP candidates.In fact, some of the volunteers have come here to be part of the process. Thirty-two-year-old Varun Gupta, an engineer with Microsoft and member of the Seattle chapter, has come here to manage Mishra’s election campaign.