The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Saturday released its second list comprising 89 candidates for the upcoming MCD polls. A senior party leader said the list, which features around 51 women, has several candidates who have been “loyal” to the party since its inception.
“They have been working for the party with dedication even after they lost out in getting ticket for the assembly elections,” he said.
The three municipal bodies — north, south and east corporations — having a total of 272 wards, are expected to go to polls in April.
The latest list was released following a meeting of the party’s top decision-making body, Political Affairs Committee (PAC), headed by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
The prominent names in the list include Naren Bhiku Ram Jain and Aasma Masood, the wife of Masood Ali Khan who had contested the 2013 Assembly polls from Seelampur on an AAP ticket. Jain has been given ticket from Chandni Chowk ward. He is the son of Bhiku Ram Jain, the Congress MP from Chandni Chowk.
Jain is an art curator and holds exhibitions.
In the second list of the candidates, there are six Muslim names which include four women contestants. Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party are yet to announce names for the polls.
Krishna Kumar Rathi, fielded from the Rani Khera Ward, had contested and lost the 2013 polls on an AAP ticket as well. AAP has received over 10,000 applications from aspirants eyeing the 272 seats. Of these, 3,522 are from North MCD, 3,673 from South and 2,902 from East MCD.
Earlier, the party had announced names of 119 candidates last week. “The rest are likely to be named within a week,” said the leader.