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AAP: All top leaders open to scrutiny

To bring in transparency in the party, Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) founding members Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia declared themselves open for scrutiny like any other candidate for the Delhi assembly elections.

delhi Updated: May 31, 2013 23:04 IST
Nivedita Khandekar

To bring in transparency in the party, Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) founding members Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia declared themselves open for scrutiny like any other candidate for the Delhi assembly elections.

The party has already announced that it will contest all 70 seats in the assembly elections due in November.

It has embarked on a candidate-selection process and had last week declared a list of five possible candidates each from 12 constituencies.

The move—which can prompt voters to question other parties’ selection process —includes Kejriwal, Sisodia and Gopal Rai, another prominent AAP leader. These leaders, like other candidates wishing to apply, have to justify why they are eligible for the seat.

The party’s nomination process—self-nominated or by others—needs the support of 100 voters, followed by the screening committee choosing a maximum of five candidates per constituency.

Voters from the constituency further streamline the number before the candidate is interviewed by the political affairs committee and finalised.

AAP’s facebook page saw several questions raised on Sisodia’s candidature from Patparganj even when he is part of the selection procedure.

Sanjay Singh, co-chair of the screening committee, explained: “We are seven people in the screening committee. Sisodia abstained from all the meetings that decided candidates from the Patparganj constituency.”

Singh said, “When we demand transparency, it is not just for common people but for all the people. Delhiites will repose confidence in us only when we practise what we say.”

While Sisodia has already gone through these steps, Kejriwal and Rai will undergo the same drill.

Reasoned Sisodia: “It is a process set up by us, how can we skip it? We are here for politics of principles, everybody has to stick to these principles … even if it means Arvind or I or anyone.”

“We don’t want to create ‘elite’ and ‘ordinary’ groups within the party. Everybody is an aam aadmi, nobody is a VIP,” he said.