In another set back to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Uttar Pradesh, its candidate justice (retd) Fakhruddin on Tuesday withdrew himself from the electoral fray in Rae Bareli Lok Sabha constituency where he was up against Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
Party spokesperson Vaibhav Maheshwari said the former Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh high court judge said he would not be able to contest the Lok Sabha polls.
"He was not very keen to contest elections. So, the party decided to replace him with Archana Srivastava," added Maheshwari.
The name of Srivastava, who is a social activist, was recommended by Fakhruddin.
With frequent withdrawal and cancellation of candidature of its candidates in Uttar Pradesh, the AAP's woes are growing by the day.
On March 31, Farrukhabad candidate Mukul Tripathi returned his ticket alleging mismanagement and corruption within the party. Another candidate, Abhilasha Jathav, also refused to fight the elections citing financial constraint.
Khalid Parvaiz in Moradabad, Iqbal Mustafa in Faizabad and Ashrafi Lal in Shahjahanpur have also decided not to contest the elections. Senior leader and two-time MP Ilyas Azmi too withdrew his nomination from Lakhimpur Kheri.
AAP has fielded its convener Arvind Kejriwal against Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial hopeful Narendra Modi in Varanasi and Kumar Vishwas against Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi in Amethi.