Srinagar: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) led by Arvind Kejriwal on Friday opened its office in Baramulla district of north Kashmir.
The office at Khawaja Bagh area of the main town is being looked after by former political leader of ‘Backward Democratic Party’ Ashiq Hussain Ganai, who has been appointed as in-charge party convener for Bandipora, Kupwara and Baramulla, the party officials said.
They said Ganai was appointed by senior AAP leader Prashant Bushan, whose comments on holding a referendum over the presence of Army in Kashmir had snowballed into a major political controversy.
“Being a victim of corruption and police highhandedness, I found Kejriwal’s ideas and AAP’s manifesto in line with my ideology. I met Kejriwal and other party leaders in New Delhi and shared my ideas with them,” Ganai told Kashmir Reader.
He said he and some other Kashmiris were shortlisted by the party after Bhushan conducted interviews of several people at AAP’s New Delhi headquarters.
“The party high command assigned me to be in-charge of north Kashmir and we have started homework for mobilization and membership drive,” he said. “I made people understand that AAP is a strong voice against corruption. We’ve got tremendous response from the people. People have started turning up at our office.”
Ganai said the people of Kashmir were “not only victims of violence, but were a marginalized and discriminated lot. The people want to get rid of the rampant corruption in the state.”