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Powerloom labourer, cobbler inaugurate AAP Malegaon Office
Saturday March 29, 2014 6:44 PM, Staff Reporter

Distracting from normal tradition and challenging the prevailing VIP culture, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Malegaon office bearers Saturday invited two commoners - a senior labourer working in local powerloom industry and a cobbler to inaugurate the party's central office in Malegaon.

AAP Malegaon office

The inaugural ceremony though had few high profile guests also but the limelight was on Abdul Azeez alias Laddan – a labourer working in a local powerloom industry, and Patre Shivaji Ratan alias Shiva – a cobbler. The two were the chief guests of the inaugural ceremony who flanked by the AAP candidate for the ensuing Lok Sabha election Ansari Nihal Ahmed cut the ribbon.

"The VIP culture is one of the main problems besides corruption which is currently destroying the basic roots of our system. Hence we had invited two common men of the society, who work day in and day out and contribute in nation building but nobody recognises their services" Aleem Faizee, the campaign manager of AAP's Dhule candidate Nihal Ansari, said while talking to

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) ever since it announced the candidature of Nihal Ansari from the Dhule-Malegaon Lok Sabha seat is engaged in unconventional campaign methods. The result is that the Congress candidate Amrish Patel who was ignoring the 'Aam Aadmi' and was concentrating only on 'rich' and 'influential' people is restructuring his campaign plans and his party workers are following the AAP party workers wherever they go.

Amrishbhai Patel, an MLC who hails from Shirpur, is trying a second chance in the 2014 elections. He had contested the last election on Congress ticket but had lost to BJP's Pratapdada Sonawane by a margin of over 19,000 votes.

The third candidate in the race is Dr Subhash Bhamre who is contesting as BJP's candidate.

Senior Congress leader Satyajit Gaekwad, who was asking for Congress ticket but denied, has also announced to contest the election.

Dhule and Malegaon were two reserved constituencies since independence. They however were clubbed into a single constituency after the delimitation in 2008 and also made an open seat. It has over 15 lakh voters spread across six assembly constituencies that include Dhule (Central), Dhule (Outer), Malegaon (Central), Malegaon (Outer), Sindkheda and Baglaan.

Powerloom industry is the main source of livelihood in Malegaon and Dhule, and there are a total of 05 lakh people who work as labourers in the local textile industry. The move, though looked unusual, is seen as an attempt to attract this huge chunk of voters.

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