New Delhi: Moving rapidly, the Aam Aadmi Party is all set to release the first list of Lok Sabha candidates by January 20. The AAP’s target states include, Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh.
After four-hour deliberations at CM Arvind Kejriwal’s Kaushambi residence on Tuesday, the Aam Aadmi Party’s political affairs committee decided to release its first list of candidates within a week. The party has said ticket aspirants could file applications at the latest by Wednesday.
“After January 15, we are going to shortlist the names of our candidates for the Lok Sabha,” a senior AAP leader said. “But one can also file applications after January 15 as well.”
Senior AAP leader Sanjay Singh, who is in charge of the party’s Lok Sabha plans, had earlier told Deccan?Chronicle the AAP would field over 300 candidates in the polls. But another senior leader, Yogendra Yadav, said this could change as there was a “wave” in the AAP’s favour.
“We discussed at length the current political scenario. What emerged is that people are very angry with the Congress as well as with the BJP. The AAP has become the most favoured party,” Yadav said.
Yadav said it was the responsibility of the AAP to accept this historic challenge. He said the party was in the process of setting up several committees about which the announcement would be made by Thursday. He said the party was all set to go for a major organisational restructuring in the next few days.
Sources said the party would field the maximum candidates in those states from where it had received a massive response during its membership drive.
Among the states where AAP has received a big response are Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh.
Soon after the PAC meeting, Kejriwal held a separate meeting with all those candidates who had contested in the recently Delhi Assembly elections in East Delhi.
Sources said that all the candidates were likely to be entrusted major responsibilities for the coming Lok Sabha elections.