A few hours before the filing of nominations was to end, the Aam Aadmi Party replaced two candidates — one for allegedly providing buses for the Modi rally in Delhi and the other on corruption charges.
Both were replaced after an inquiry by the party’s ‘internal lokpal’. AAP replaced its Mehrauli candidate Govardhan Singh for sending 10 buses full of people to the Modi rally at Ramlila Maidan on January 10. Senior AAP leader Manish Sisodia said the party had taken a strong view of the complaints against him and had withdrawn his ticket for impropriety.
Singh, however, alleged that his ticket had been sold to Naresh Yadav — who replaces Singh — for Rs. 2 crore. The allegation was dismissed by AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal as soon as it was made. The party replaced its candidate from Mundka, Rajinder Dabas, following allegations of corruption. “There is a case going on in HC against him which he had not informed the party about and that is why we replaced him,” said a senior party leader. He has been replaced by Sukhbir Dalal.