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Delhi: AAP denies ticket to nine sitting MLAs

The Aam Aadmi Party may fight next year’s Delhi assembly elections without nine of its 28 sitting MLAs, as the party battles dissidence and looks to field new faces who have a better chance of winning.

delhi Updated: Dec 07, 2014 00:54 IST
Darpan Singh
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The Aam Aadmi Party may fight next year’s Delhi assembly elections without nine of its 28 sitting MLAs, as the party battles dissidence and looks to field new faces who have a better chance of winning.

“It’s always better to get rid of people who are not likely to win. Also, there were serious issues of behaviour and loyalty. We’re dropping people based on feedback from the ground. So voters are in fact happy,” said a senior AAP leader.

In fact, AAP will be dropping half of the 70 candidates it fielded last year. “Volunteer meetings are happening … a couple of people from outside may also contest,” a party source said. For example, Adarsh Shastri, AAP’s Lok Sabha candidate from Allahabad, may be fielded from Dwarka.

While AAP terms it a planned election exercise based on performance, those being dropped are likely to campaign against the party and may cause a split in its votes. That’s critical when AAP takes on a resurgent BJP banking on PM Narendra Modi’s personal charm to win Delhi.

Two outgoing MLAs —- Maninder Singh Dhir (Jangpura) and Ashok Kumar Chauhan (Ambedkar Nagar) -- have already joined the BJP.

Harish Khanna (Timarpur) and Rajesh Garg (Rohini) said they themselves decided not to contest due to a lack of internal democracy in the party.

Sources said the party may not re-field Akhilesh Pati Tripathi (Model Town) and Mahendra Yadav (Vikaspuri). “We have not taken a final call in these two cases. But there are concerns over their performance on the ground and winability,” said a senior AAP leader.

The party has already dropped Veena Anand (Patel Nagar seat) and has nominated Hazari Lal Chauhan in her place. Dharmendra Koli (Seemapuri) is also not likely to get a ticket this time. AAP had in January sacked Vinod Kumar Binny, who won from Laxmi Nagar, on disciplinary grounds.

In its two lists of candidates announced so far, the party has named 35 people, including 18 outgoing MLAs. The first two lists that did not name these nine MLAs gave enough indications that they might be dropped. “Tripathi, who only has behavioral issues, might get a reprieve. Otherwise we only have Arvind Kejriwal (New Delhi) to be named as far as outgoing MLAs are concerned,” the leader said.