'Narendra Modi', 'Rahul Gandhi' now Aam Aadmi Party members. Here's how
So is "Barack Obama", 90-year-old "Atal Behari Vajpayee" and "Mahatma Gandhi," well "Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi."
"Narendra Modi" in fact is registered at least twice as an AAP member, maybe more. Two colleagues of this reporter who registered online as Modi have received the auto generated "Acknowledgement of Membership" on their phone; one of them listed his address as 420, Gujarat Bhawan.
The year-old party has claimed that its nationwide membership drive that began days after its phenomenal debut in the Delhi election is a roaring success; it says it has scored 50 lakh members in 12 days and targets one crore by Republic Day on Sunday. It is called the "special free-for-all Main Bhi Aam Aadmi drive." Clearly, for a reason.
Narendra Modi is the BJP's candidate for prime minister. It is arguable that there are likely to be many more Narendra Modis in the country. Ditto Rahul Gandhis. One of them is the vice-president of the Congress.
But the "Rahul Gandhi" who has registered for an AAP membership has even listed his address as 12 Tughlaq Lane. That is where the Congress number 2 lives.
New AAP member Barack Obama either jet sets or is a trifle confused. He is a resident of east Delhi, but lists his address as White House, White House DC.
"Jawaharlal Nehru" has registered himself as 100 years old. The man who has the name of India's first Prime Minister also has an unusual mobile number - 1010101010.
Names like Angeline Jolie or "Mrs Brad Pitt" are also in the AAP membership database now, which keeps count and flashes it for surfers.
These names are proof that becoming an AAP member is just a few clicks away, the pitfalls of an online drive without any apparent checks in the system.
People can register twice, any number of times and list details without fear of being asked for verification.
This writer tried it too. And now one Julia Roberts of Mangolpuri is a proud AAP member.