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Updated: January 3, 2014 03:28 IST

AAP to fast-track selection of candidates

Mohammad Ali
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The party is expected to disclose names of candidates in the next three weeks

With the Lok Sabha elections just four months away, the Aam Aadmi Party has decided to fast-track the candidate selection process.

The party, which released an application form for the aspiring candidates last week, is expected to disclose the names of candidates and the number of Parliamentary constituencies in the next three weeks. This will be followed by an announcement of its first list of candidates.

Sanjay Singh, who heads the party’s sub-committee which has been assigned to identify candidates for the Lok Sabha polls, said: “With the general elections just four months away, there is not enough to follow the elaborate candidate selection procedure laid down by the party, which we followed during the Delhi Assembly elections. We might skip some procedures while announcing the names of the candidates.”

The political affairs committee of the party, which is also the highest decision-making body, is expected to meet in the next two weeks to make a final decision.

The AAP has a presence in 309 districts and units in 22 States.

Sources in the party said the AAP is expected to contest 100-150 seats in 15-20 States. It was keen on contesting in States such as Delhi, U.P., Haryana, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Bihar where it has a strong presence. But States such as Jammu and Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and the North-eastern States may not see AAP faces in the coming polls.

Party rapidly expanding

Party leaders say there is a “visible surge” and an “overwhelming response” across the country after the party’s dream debut in Delhi. State party unit ranks are swelling by the day and over five lakh people have joined the party as members and volunteers, party sources said.

AAP leader Ashish Talwar told The Hindu: “The argument that AAP would not get supporters outside Delhi is wrong. In Tamil Nadu, which is far from north Indian politics, the party had to open a special helpline to simply take calls from people offering to become volunteers or members. In Karnataka, we have registered 30,000 members.”

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The direction in which the country politics are headed seems that there will be a interesting poll in lok sabha elections and the impact that AAP created by its actions has influenced the minds of many people across the country.waiting for the response from aam aadmis in the elections .

from:  Sumanth
Posted on: Jan 3, 2014 at 18:29 IST

Even though the chances of AAP forming the central government is low, it
is good to have AAP's presence in the Parliament. This will definitely
create the unease among the lawmakers which it is has created now among
the BJP and CONGRESS. Also, AAP is good in "Educating" citizens
regarding various happenings and proceedings in the political and
judicial arena which also makes their presence in the parliament
important. The other parties have less interest in interacting with

from:  John
Posted on: Jan 3, 2014 at 14:37 IST

AAP please contest on more seats, indians need you. we are tired from nefarious politics which is going on since years

from:  kevin
Posted on: Jan 3, 2014 at 14:28 IST


It is congress conspiracy to create stir of APP phenomenon with the help
of MEDIA to divide urban voters in order to stop NAMO march.....

from:  Capt.Ray
Posted on: Jan 3, 2014 at 11:15 IST

The AAP is a regional party with a national agenda.It should confine its political activity witin Delhi territory and it should not spoil the prospects of either Modi or Rahul.The electorates in various states will take good care of them.As a nationalist political force fast emerging in the Country,without entering into the fray,can identify right candidates who can conform to the AAP ideals and support them and campaign them for their win if needed.otherwise they should not spoil the campaign of the BJP and the Congress in other States.People support Modi or Rahul for obvious reasons.In as much Kejeriwal or his team not joining in the race for PM,they should not tarnish the image of on going campaigns of these parties.Generally the people want change at the centre for all the failures and Indians are now in a position to chose the lesser evil. AAP should consolidate its strength and try to spread its wings,but should not hamper the prospects of Modi or Rahul, as it will be ignored.

from:  Sundaram
Posted on: Jan 3, 2014 at 11:11 IST
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