No party member knows who Jai Chand Thakur is, and his declaration as the Aam Aadmi Party candidate from Mandi has left workers feeling demoralised, Deshraj Sharma, state convenor of AAP, claimed here on Tuesday.
He alleged that Thakur was not a member of the party or associated with the party activities.
“He never participated in the agitations or poll campaigning or other day-to-day activities of the party,” Sharma claimed, adding that the workers only knew that he was a retired deputy director of the agriculture department and hailed from the Sarkaghat area.
Immediately after the head party office in New Delhi declared the ticket for Mandi, suspicion over the allotment of ticket arose in the local office.
“Party members kept waiting for his arrival at the Mandi office on Tuesday, but in vain,” Sharma said.
Meanwhile, the move of the Himachal Lokhit Party announcing its support to the AAP candidate left the office-bearers of the anti-corruption party red-faced as they could not provide any information regarding their candidate.
Sharma said he would not have minded if the party had selected a “renowned and socially-dedicated” person from among the party members, but in this case, they were not consulted, nor knew the proposed candidate.
“The proposed candidate is not a social personality. Then how can a party worker tolerate a person with no identity,” he added.
Earlier, political circles were abuzz with speculations that HLP chief Maheshwar Singh was interested in getting the Mandi ticket for his son, but later withdrew his claim without citing any reason.
HLP vice-president Anil Kapoor denied the speculations and said the selection of a candidate was up to the party leadership, and the HLP was committed to supporting the AAP candidate.