Journalist-turned-AAP candidate from Farrukhabad Mukul Tripathi Monday returned his ticket citing corruption in the party and lack of support from its local, state as well as national leadership.
“I had been waging a lone battle in Farrukhabad as the district unit wasn’t cooperating and the party leadership wasn’t concerned either,”
Tripathi told The Indian Express over phone. Alleging that party leaders have become unapproachable, Tripathi blamed it on the decision to contest in over “300 seats.”
Tripathi’s withdrawal, whose name was announced in AAP’s first list of candidates, has come as a major setback to the party. Differently abled Tripathy was pitted against Union minister Salman Khurshid.
“I approached the Farrukhabad Lok Sabha in-charge but he, too, said that I should cultivate ‘power’ and ‘source’ to get the attention of top leadership. He also said that not just the party, the entire country is running on jugaad,” Tripathi said, adding that he has all this on record.
Claiming corruption, he said that thousands of Rs 10 membership forms of the AAP have not been accounted for even as the local unit has a list of only 1,700 members.
“Fed up, I decided to withdraw my candidature,” Tripathi said. He also said that the party is misleading all youths who have forsaken their education and jobs to support the party for its false “idealism.”
Meanwhile, AAP claimed that it had cancelled Tripathi’s ticket. In a tweet, AAP’s UP unit claimed Monday afternoon that party had removed Tripathi for giving false information and misleading the party. Vaibhav, a national council member, said that Farrukhabad local unit had informed that Tripathi wasn’t campaigning and upon scrutiny it was found that he had not even sought permission from the Election Commission for campaigning. To this, Tripathi, said that the party should have chosen a ‘bahubali’, instead of a physically challenged person for running around.
Party nominates Jaaved Jaaferi from Lucknow
Lucknow: Keeping up with its strategy of fielding candidates against political bigwigs, the Aam Aadmi party (AAP) Monday announced actor and comedian Jaaved Jaaferi to take on BJP president Rajnath Singh in Lucknow. Jaaferi’s name featured in AAP’s 13th list of 22 candidates announced Monday. Till now, speculation was rife that Adarsh Shastri, grandson of Lal Bahadur Shastri, would be fielded as party candidate from the seat.Jaaferi took to the Twitter to announce his candidature. “Contesting election from Lukhnow as AAP candidate.here’s to change..Jai Hind!!! (sic),” he tweeted. His Twitter profile reads as “Biodegradable Entertainer. Actor, producer, director, stand up comedian, choreographer, voice artist, occasional pessimist, frequent optimist. His enthusiastic announcement was met with immediate criticism with twitterati taking umbrage to how he spelt the constituency’s name. A ‘first lesson’ hashtag informing him the correct spelling trended for sometime before the actor justified how he spelt the city’s name hit back with another tweet: “Angrez chaley gaye, dumchalley chhod gaye…check the Phonetics o educated criticisers.. Ab kaam karna hai (Sic).”
Meanwhile, AAP national council member Vaibhav informed that Jaaferi will be in Lucknow on Wednesday morning and will hold a press conference and meet the party workers.
Apart from Rajnath, Jaaferi will be facing Rita Bahuguna Joshi of Congress, Nakul Dubey of BSP and Abhishek Mishra of SP.
Meanwhile, AAP’s Political Affairs Committee (PAC) member and senior leader Ilyas Azmi, who had returned party ticket from Lakhimpur Kheri seeking a ticket from Lucknow, said that “the party leadership knows better.” As Azmi had been active in Lucknow and UP since the early days, in a tongue-in-cheek remark said that “maybe Jaaved has done a lot more.”
Jalaun candidate withdraws as well
Lucknow: Problems for AAP in Uttar Pradesh does not seem to end as Monday its Jalaun candidate, Abhilasha Jathav, too withdrew her candidature citing financial constraints. Earlier, Moradabad candidate Khalid Pervez had also withdrawn his candidature while senior party leader and PAC member Ilyas Azmi returned his ticket from Lakhimpur Kheri. Then, party’s Sambhal candidate Mehdi Baqri Sohail’s nomination form was rejected at the last moment by the DM for incorrect information.
In its seventh list, AAP had also replaced its Shajahanpur candidate Ashrafi Lal with Reena Jathav, who had also cited personal reasons for withdrawing her candidature. Iqbal Mustafa of Faizabad had also withdrawn his candidature citing personal reasons but went on to join Samajwadi Party.