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AAP At The Grassroots And Its Big Strides In Gujarat

Sticking to its core values of grassroots connect via a decentralised army of voluntary cadres, it has begun to make deep inroads into BJP's stronghold of Gujarat

People power An AAP rally in progress in Surat Photograph: Dharmesh Joshi

“We started with five people in Surat sometime around January 2018, soon after the December assembly elections in which I contested as an AAP candidate,” recalls Ram Dhaduk, now the party’s general secretary (organisation) for south Gujarat.

Dhaduk, who played a pivotal role in the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) emerging as the main opposition party in the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) elections in February 2021, in whi­ch the Congress scored a zero, adds with a smile, “We can’t be less than 2 lakh today; have lost the count.”

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