Finding candidates for LS polls hard for AAP

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Wednesday started brainstorming on the selection of candidates for Lok Sabha polls.

The party is taking extra precaution to exclude candidates who cause embarrassment to it later as expelled MLA Vinod Kumar Binny did.

“We do not want the Binny episode to be repeated,” said a party leader, “The party is roping in candidates with a proven background of activism.” 

The tough task before the AAP became apparent from the fact that despite thousands of applications, the leadership discovered that it is unable to find the suitable candidate for several seats.

This is also the case with the 250 seats for which the party has received properly filled up applications.

The party has decided to contest about 400 seats and it has sent communication to its state and district units to collect application from eligible candidates. The party will send observers to speed up the process of selection of candidates in states.

The AAP’s task looks particularly arduous in southern and eastern states, where not many desirable candidates have applied. A fresh exercise is on for these states to get better applications. Party sources said North India has responded very enthusiastically in seeking candidature of the party and states like Uttar Pradesh and Bihar are top on the list.

“However, on many seats we are struggling to find good candidates. We are trying to identify people from our side to bring good candidates,” an AAP leader told Deccan Herald.

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