AAP fields Gandhi's grandson against Sheila's son

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Feb 27, 2014 20:57 IST

AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal addresses a press conference in New Delhi. Mahatma Gandhi's grandson Rajmohan Gandhi is also seen. (PTI Photo)


The Aam Aadmi Party has fielded Mahatma Gandhi's grandson and academic Rajmohan Gandhi from the East Delhi parliamentary seat against Sandeep Dikshit, the son of former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit.

Rajmohan's name figures in the AAP's second list comprising 30 candidates who will be contesting the upcoming Lok Sabha elections from Delhi, Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand.

The 78-year-old Rajmohan, a former Rajya Sabha member, had joined the party last Friday and expressed willingness to contest polls. Son of Devdas Gandhi and maternal grandson of C Rajagopalchari, he had unsuccessfully contested against former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi from Amethi as a Janata Dal candidate in 1989 and against BJP's Arvind Trivedi from Sabarkantha in 1991.

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The party also announced its first candidate from Jammu and Kashmir, Raja Muzaffar Bhat. A Right to Information activist, Bhat had joined People's Democratic Party. However, following the execution of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, he quit the party. He is expected to take on National Conference patron and Union minister Farooq Abdullah from Srinagar parliamentary seat.

The list also includes Rajan Sushant, former MP from Kangra who had left the BJP last week. Former independent MLA from Ratlam Paras Saklecha will be contesting against Congress candidate Meenakshi Natarajan from Mandsour in Madhya Pradesh.

Of the 30 names candidates in the list, 10 are from Maharashtra, six from Madhya Pradesh, five from Haryana, three from Rajasthan and one each from Delhi, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, J&K, Punjab and Uttarakhand.

The party has said the list would remain on its website www.aamaadmiparty.org for five days and people can send feedback about these candidates. "We invite feedback on lack of moral character, or any act of corruption and criminality the candidate might have indulged in," an AAP statement said.

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