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Face three checkpoints before getting AAP ticket

Getting an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) ticket for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections won’t be easy. Aspiring candidates will have to go through three layers of gruesome scrutiny before they are entrusted with the party ticket.

india Updated: Jan 10, 2014 01:07 IST
Brajesh Kumar

Getting an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) ticket for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections won’t be easy. Aspiring candidates will have to go through three layers of gruesome scrutiny before they are entrusted with the party ticket.

The first checkpoint for a candidate is the district committee in which the Lok Sabha constituency falls. The candidate applying for the seat has to have the support of 100 AAP volunteers each from every assembly constituency that fall under the Lok Sabha seat. For example, if there are three assembly constituencies under the LS seat, then the candidate would have to have support from 300 AAP volunteers.

Those who qualify on this count will be scrutinised by the district committee. Here, the committee will crosscheck the basic information provided by the candidate in the application.

Qualify this, and state committee will take a hawk eye’s look at selected candidates, evaluating them on a number of stringent parameters. “There are about six benchmarks to judge a candidate at this layer,” said an AAP Ghaziabad district committee member.

While any criminal background is a strict no-no, those with prior experience of social service in their locality will be given preference. The committee will also look at the candidate’s winability factor.

The state committee will select a maximum of fifteen candidates and forward the list to the third layer at the centre — the political affairs committee (PAC). Now, candidates will have to appear for an interview with the PAC, which comprises nine AAP leaders, including Arvind Kejriwal, Gopal Rai, Prashant Bhusan, Manish Sisodia and Shazia Ilmi.

On the basis of the interview, the PAC will further reduce the number of candidates and then ask the active volunteer group, a select group of volunteers from that constituency, to vote for their favourite candidate. While the result of the voting will help the PAC in selecting the final candidate, it would not be binding on it.