The AAP may not renominate any of the candidates who previously contested the three Delhi Assembly seats that go to bypolls on November 25.
Senior party officials said while two of these seats did have candidates who “worked hard” over the past year, the party believes that without the backing of a full-fledged election campaign, renominating “low profile names” may be unhelpful.
“During polls last December, we had built up a sustained campaign against corruption. But in the bypolls, there is little time to do the same. So it is likely that only big names will contest and chances of the candidates being renominated is slim,” an AAP leader said.
The party, however, confirmed that all three candidates who had contested in December— Ishrat Ali Ansari from Krishna Nagar, Manoj Rai from Tughlaqabad and Narender Singh Sejwal from Mehruali — had put in their names for reconsideration. “We have senior leaders in charge of finding the right candidate. For instance, Manish Sisodia is in-charge of identifying the Krishna Nagar candidate,” a senior leader said.
Sources indicated that senior leaders such as Gopal Rai, who contested the MLA elections unsuccessfully, may get another chance. Leaders, however, said the party would wait until the Congress and the BJP declared their candidates before naming its own.