Soni Sori, Ilmi in AAP's sixth list

Soni Sori, Ilmi in AAP's  sixth list

The Aam Aadmi Party on Saturday picked tribal activist Soni Sori as party candidate to contest from Bastar in Chhattisgarh while its senior leader Shazia Ilmi will be fielded from Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh.

In its sixth list of candidates for 55 Lok Sabha seats released here, the party announced contestants for Northeastern states of Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura and Manipur–one each for the four states-, two each in Kerala and Goa, one each in the Union Territories of Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Andaman and Nicobar islands, three each in Uttarakhand and Chattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh (10), Odisha (10), Rajasthan (5), Madhya Pradesh (7) and Maharashtra (6).

With this list, the total number of candidates declared by the AAP so far has gone up to 242. Sori, who will enter the electoral fray from Bastar, was granted bail by the Supreme Court last month in a case lodged against her for allegedly receiving money from Essar Group on behalf of Maoists.

Ilmi will contest from Ghaziabad although the party initially wanted her to take on Congress president Sonia Gandhi in Rae Bareli but she declined to do so. 

Former IPS officer Kanchan Choudhary Bhattacharya, the first woman DGP of any state will contest from Haridwar in Uttarkhand on AAP ticket.  

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