Volunteers of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) from Sunam in Sangrur district, on Tuesday, demanded replacement of the party candidate from Sunam, Aman Arora, by September 11, failing which they threatened to stop working for the party and launch a protest against the candidate.
Alleging that Arora’s only claim to the ticket was his money power, the volunteers said Arora was a “Congressman by birth” as his family belonged to the Congress and he had joined the party barely six months ago.
Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, Ravinder Singh Dhillon, youth president of the sector (three assembly segments) said Arora was promised candidature during his joining the party.
“Immediately after he joined, the Delhi team of the AAP started telling workers and volunteers not to go to villages and work only within their circles. Earlier, they were told to visit villages as the ticket was supposed to be given to workers,” he said. He said that Arora was also facing two criminal cases and did not fit into the three ‘C’ criteria set by the party of not taking a candidate who was corrupt, characterless or criminal.
“Aman Arora is a VIP candidate. He rarely comes to Sunam and lives mostly in Chandigarh. He has always lost elections. He is in the AAP, but he has no concept of revolution or bringing in a change. He only wants to taste power. Anyone can go and talk to people in villages and ask what they think about him. He used the same tactics to try and win elections as others do,” said Dhillon.
Dhillon, who was accompanied by other volunteers, also demanded an inquiry into the dental colleges run by Arora. “Truth will shock everyone,” he said. When contacted, Arora said allegations levelled against him are baseless. “People of Sunam know me and they are with me. More than 99% workers of the party are in my favour,” he said, adding that only the disgruntled elements were objecting to his candidature. He said these people should approach the high command with proof.