After the controversial exit of its earlier candidate in Jalandhar Rajesh Padam, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has now fielded Jyoti Mann (27), a teacher, from this constituency, which is witnessing a high stakes battle between SAD’s Pawan Kumar Tinu and his Congress rival Chaudhary Santokh Singh.
Jyoti belongs to Valmiki community which constitutes a sizeable chunk of the electorate in the constituency.
She lives in Jalandhar Cantonment area along with her family. Her father Prem Chand, who is an auto driver, has been the member of AAP for the past few months.
A graduate,Jyoti is a teacher employed at a renowned private school and is also involved in social service.
She is the second woman candidate of AAP in the state, the other being Yamini Gomar who was fielded from Hoshiarpur last week. After the announcement of Jyoti’s candidature, the party workers, family members and their neighbours made a beeline at her residence to congratulate her.
AAP’s district convenor Joginder Singh said that Jyoti would give a good fight to other candidates Pawan Kumar Tinu and Santokh Chaudhary.
Singh claimed that her father was already a member of AAP and Jyoti has joined the party on Thursday. He said Jyoti would not only raise the issues of the backward class people, but also make efforts for the development of Jalandhar.
Within four days of announcing its candidate from Jalandhar, AAP had withdrawn the candidature Rajesh Padam who was mired into controversy for being a “Congressman”.
After the announcement of his candidature, the district congress had claimed that Padam was still holding the post of vice-chairman of its SC cell and had not resigned.
A section of AAP workers had also started opposing his candidature, alleging he is a Congressman. However, Padam later claimed that he had himself withdrawn his candidature due to “family problems”.