Swaraj India on Saturday began the process for identifying candidates for the upcoming municipal corporation elections in Delhi.
Yogendra Yadav, party’s national president, said they have invited applications from those interested, provided they are active members of the party.
According to Yadav, emphasis will be given to the participation of women and youth in the party and their selection as candidates. “But it will be ensured that they steer clear of the 4 Cs —- bad character, criminal record, corruption and communal,” he added.
The form to be filled by applicants , is already uploaded on the website of Sawraj Abhiyan, the parent body of Swaraj India.
Afterwards, the applicants will go through a three-tier screening system before being selected as final contestants in 272 wards of three municipal corporations- North, South and East Delhi Municipal Corporations. Elections are likely to take place in April 2017.
To begin with, a screening committee will verify the applicants on the basis of the ‘4Cs’. Then, a list of shortlisted candidates will sent to the selection committee, headed by party general secretary Ajit Jha. The committee will verify the records of these contestants in consultation with party workers.
And then the names of finalised candidates for each ward will be made public. “However, if any complaint is received against these contestants then it would be sent to the Integrity Committee which will do final verification and give decision. The committee’s decision will be applicable on party,” said Yadav.
The six members’ integrity committee will be headed by noted RTI activist Anjali Bharadwaj. The committee will work independently and none of its members are associated with Swaraj India.
The names of the candidates will be announced in phases, after the party’s rally at Ramlila Maidan on February 12.
On February 12, Swaraj India will have its ‘Jawab Do Hisab Do’ rally to question the amount of work done by the Delhi government and the BJP-ruled civic bodies.
In 2015, Yadav along with lawyer Prashant Bhushan, broke away from Aam Aadmi Party. Afterwards in 2016, they launched a new political party, Swaraj India, and declared that they would fight the 2017 municipal elections in Delhi.