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Growing dissent in AAP over Lok Sabha tickets

india Updated: Feb 18, 2014 19:20 IST

Less than 24 hours after the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) announced its first list of 20 Lok Sabha contestants, scores of party workers and volunteers across the country have questioned the selection procedure.

Moradabad, Ludhiana, Nagpur and even one seat from Mumbai saw AAP workers questioning the choice of candidates and the procedure for it.

On Monday, almost 50 agitated party office bearers and volunteers from Moradabad and Najeebabad landed at the AAP’s office here after educationist Khalid Parvaiz was announced as party’s Moradabad candidate.

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The main issue raised was that old-time party members were never consulted about any names. Further, they alleged, the party did not follow its own rule.

Sanjay Singh, party leader and in-charge of UP, met the group led by Vishal Sharma. “If you have any negative inputs about him (Parvaiz) let me know,” Singh told the group, only to be promptly countered by Sharma, who stated: “You tell us one good thing about him.” The meeting, however, ended with Singh promising to take up the issue with party’s political affairs committee.

In Ludhiana, announcement of HS Phoolka contesting against Congress’ Manish Tewari left leading local office bearers, including Balbir Aggarwal, district secretary, unhappy as he abstained from party’s Jhadu Chalao Yatra. Aggarwal, a ticket aspirant himself, however refrained from commenting on Phoolka’s candidature.

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In Nagpur, where the AAP has announced that Anjali Damania, will take on BJP’s Nitin Gadkari in his hometown, party workers protested her selection when 40 persons were interviewed. “Why did they interview so many if the party had decided to field Damania,” asked Anju Gholwe, a founder member of AAP’s Nagpur unit.

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In Delhi, Singh had agreed there will be such instances of dissension and said: “We need to respect the sentiments of such workers and communicate with them to pacify them.”

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