AAP declares list of all 70 candidates; Atishi, Raghav and Dilip Pandey to contest Delhi assembly polls
AAP has declared the candidate list for the upcoming Delhi assembly elections, in which several sitting AAP MLAs have not found a place. Meanwhile, leaders such as Shoaib Iqbal who had joined the party barely a week back have managed to get ticket from the party.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has declared the list of all 70 candidates for the upcoming Delhi assembly polls, as Delhi heads for polls on February 8th. As expected, AAP is the first party to declare its candidate list.
For third time in the row, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will contest from the New Delhi assembly constituency. His deputy Manish Sisodia will once again try his electoral luck from the Patparganj assembly seat.
The list has confirmed Asiaville’s report that three of seven unsuccessful Lok Sabha candidates – Atishi, Raghav Chadha and Dilip Pandey – were set to contest the Delhi assembly polls.
While Atishi is contesting from Kalkaji seat, Raghav Chadha and Dilip Pandey are fighting from Rajinder Nagar and Timarpur assembly constituencies respectively.
Notably, atleast three politicians who had joined the AAP barely a week back have managed to get tickets from the party. Controversial former Congress MLA Shoaib Iqbal, had joined AAP on Thursday, is contesting from Muslim dominated seat Matia Mahal.
Another former Congress MLA Ram Singh Netaji has managed to get AAP ticket from Badarpur seat barely a day after he joined the party led by Kejriwal. The sitting AAP MLA from the seat, Narayan Dutt Sharma had levelled serious allegations against Kejriwal and Sisodia on Tuesday morning.
Similarly, former Congress MP Mahabal Mishra's son Vinay Kumar Mishra had joined the AAP on Monday and he is fighting from Dwarka assembly constituency.
Importantly, nealry 14 sitting AAP MLAs have been dropped from the candidate list released by the party on Tuesday evening. AAP MLAs from four assembly seats - Gandhinagar, Bijwasan, Chandni Chowk and Karawal Nagar - had turned rebels. The AAP has fielded fresh faces from these assembly seats.