Former Bihar Minister and Aam Admi Party (AAP) leader Parveen Amanullah on Monday filed her nomination for the Patna Sahib Lok Sabha seat amid protests by a section of party workers.
Accompanied by senior AAP leader Manish Sisodia, Ms. Amanullah filed her nomination after a roadshow on way to the Patna Collectorate.
She will take on actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Bhojpuri film actor Kunal Singh of the Congress and noted doctor Gopal Prasad Sinha of the Janata Dal (United) in the poll slated for April 17. Ms. Amanullah’s journey for filing the nomination was marred by protest by a section of AAP workers, who were agitating against her nomination.
Protesters squatted on the road and raised slogans to vent their anger over ticket being given to Ms. Amanullah in front of AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal’s close aide Manish Sisodia.
Mr. Sisodia played down the protest and told reporters that these were normal in politics. He said the people of Bihar were angry against all parties that were “neck- deep in corruption” and turning to the AAP to change the system across the country.
“People of Bihar voted out the Congress and the BJP in the State and gave a chance to Lalu Prasad and Nitish Kumar now but they all failed to end corruption ... people across the country are hankering after honest politics which the AAP promises,” he said.
“ Log is bar safai chahte hai [people this time want clean politics],” Mr. Sisodia said.
Ms. Amanullah, wife of senior bureaucrat Afzal Amanullah and daughter of diplomat and former MP Syed Shahabuddin, said people of Bihar were looking for an “effective” alternative to the Congress and the BJP in the general elections.
Ms. Amanullah, an RTI activist, was a prominent minority face of the Nitish Kumar government. She had quit the Ministry as well the JD (U) last month to join the AAP. — PTI
People are looking for an alternative to Congress, BJP: Parveen Amanullah