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AAP announces first list of candidates for Ghaziabad local body polls

The AAP district office bearers released a list of 37 candidates, 12 of them are women. The Uttar Pradesh election commission is yet to notify the schedule for local body polls pegged to be held in November this year.

noida Updated: Oct 08, 2017 23:12 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times
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The Aam Aadmi Party said on Sunday it will revamp the working of the Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation and halve the house tax if they come to power.(Sakib Ali/ HT Photot)

Ghaziabad: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Sunday announced their first list of candidates who will be contesting the local body elections in Ghaziabad district. The AAP district office bearers released a list of 37 candidates, which includes 12 women candidates.

The state election commission is yet to notify the schedule for local bodies elections pegged to be held in November this year.

Of the names released, 20 candidates will contest the Ghaziabad municipal elections, 11 candidates will contest the elections for Loni Nagar Palika Parishad, four candidates will vie for seats in Khoda Nagar Palika and two will stand for elections to the Modi Nagar Nagar Palika.

The number of wards in Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation (GMC) increased to 100 after the delimitation exercise held earlier this year on the basis of the 2011 census.

“Our party will be contesting on all seats (in Ghaziabad). We will also field mayoral candidate. So far, we have received 14 applications from potential candidates and these include doctors, retired defence officers, professionals and social workers, among others. We may choose the candidate from our workers or may be someone else from outside too. A complete list of candidates from all wards will be announced soon,” AAP district convener Dr Sachin Sharma said, adding that the candidates have been selected on the basis of their clean background and crime-free record.

“Our complete list of candidates will have more women contestants, but there is no fixed number; it depends on the candidate. If good women candidates want to contest the polls we will support them,” president of AAP’s western UP women wing Dr Chavi Yadav said.

“Our focus in Ghaziabad will be reducing electricity bills, providing clean drinking water, revamping the education system, government schools and empowering the ‘aam aadmi’. The state-wide manifesto is being prepared by our team and it will be rolled out soon,” AAP state spokesperson Mukesh Kardam said.

Dr Yadav said the women candidates are likely to focus on the issues faced by women staffers of the municipal corporation, like “maternity leaves, unhygienic working conditions and health issues”.

The upcoming local body polls will be AAP’s first entry to Uttar Pradesh and party members say they will be contesting on all seats across the state.

Earlier in the 2014 general elections, AAP had fielded Shazia Ilmi from Ghaziabad. MP General VK Singh (retired) emerged as the winner from here with a record margin of more than 5.67 lakh votes while Ilmi could muster only 89,147 votes. She finished fifth.

“We were given resounding mandate in the Delhi elections. Now, it will be our turn to contest the local elections in UP. People have already seen the performance and governance given by various parties like Bahujan Samaj Party, Samajwadi Party, Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress,” Kardam added.

Explaining the delay in entering the politically significant Uttar Pradesh, AAP office bearers said all their resources have been focused on elections in Punjab and Goa. They added that the party has been facing scarcity of funds.

“So we could not attempt the recent assembly elections in UP. Now, we are prepared as the elections are announced only in UP. It will be easy for us to contest and chalk out our strategy,” Kardam added.

AAP office bearers said they have more than 2 lakh members in Ghaziabad district, assisted by another 6,000 active volunteers who will help candidates campaign in the local body elections.

The AAP also rolled out its manifesto for Ghaziabad and its office bearers said that they will soon issue a manifesto for civic body polls across the state.

First Published: Oct 08, 2017 23:12 IST