The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Wednesday announced its “Bolda Punjab” initiative of dialogue with various segments of society to prepare its manifesto for the 2017 assembly polls. The first set of 10 meetings will be on Saturday (April 23) in SAS Nagar.

 The party’s manifesto for the youth is expected to be ready by the first week of June. Party’s national convener Arvind Kejriwal is expected to release it. Addressing a press conference on Wednesday here, AAP national spokesman and in charge of Punjab party affairs Sanjay Singh said time had come to show the people of Punjab the AAP model for inclusive and holistic development. “Solutions for eliminating drug abuse, unemployment, and suicide by farmers will be discussed with people as well as experts during the Punjab dialogue,” said Sanjay Singh.

Former journalist Kanwar Sandhu, who heads the AAP’s manifesto committee, will anchor these meetings with a team of half-a-dozen party members. Sandhu said the manifesto committee would reach out to 10 different segments of society to learn about the hardships they have faced under different Punjab governments. “These segments include farmers, youth, women, industrialists, traders, ex-servicemen, labourers, professionals, NRIs (non-resident Indians), and government employees. Later, we’ll reach more segments,” he added.

The youth interaction programmes will be run till May 30. “The topics of discussion will include corruption in public offices; deteriorating state of health and education; rule of mafia in the sand, land, liquor, drugs, transport, and cable network business; crimes against women; atrocities against Dalits, and housing woes,” said Sandhu.

Who all have joined AAP

Parminder Kaur, Punjab Women’s commission ex-chairperson and former All-India Mahila Congress general secretary, also served as Mahila Congress vice-president and in charge of it in Maharashtra and Goa

Hardeep Grewal, international hockey player, participated in the 1984 Olympic in Los Angeles, 1986 Asian Games in Seoul and 1986 World Cup in London

Jagdeep Gill, international hockey player, received Punjab government’s Maharaja Ranjit Singh Award, participated in the 1982 Asian Games in Delhi.

Jarnail Singh Aulakh, former member of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), contested the 2012 Vidhan Sabha elections from Rupnagar as an independent candidate

Advocate Narinder Singh Tiwana, former Fatehgarh Sahib district bar association president, trustee of Baba Banda Singh Singh Bahadur Engineering College, left the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), was considered close to late Akali stalwart Gurcharan Singh Tohra and chief minister Parkash Singh Badal.

Advocate Parmajit Singh Pamma, Nangal municipal councillor and former block Congress president, once a confidant of former Nangal legislator Rana KP Singh, parted ways with him some years ago.