Former bureaucrat Arun Bhatia and realtor D S Kulkarni are among the eight aspirants who have sent in their applications to be the Aam Aadmi Party’s official candidate from Pune. Anjali Damania, state convenor from the party, said they had received approximately 150 applications till Monday, besides nearly 300 e-mails sent directly to the personal IDs of the leaders.
Damania told Newsline that the party had asked for people willing to contest the Lok Sabha polls to fill in the online application form. The forms are sent to the state scrutinising committees for further action.
“We have received two lots of 68 forms each till now and the work on their scrutiny is on. Other than this, we have received more than 300 emails on our IDs from people who want to be our official candidates in the Lok Sabha polls. Such people have been asked to fill the online form,” she said.
AAP, which had declared that the first list of candidates from Maharashtra would be declared on January 20, has now postponed the process due to the ongoing confrontation between the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government and the Union Ministry of Home Affairs. Party leaders said the process of declaration of the possible candidates’ list would be taken up only after the issue was resolved in Delhi.
In Pune, the party has received at least eight applications, with Damania confirming the names of Bhatia, Kulkarni among those who might be considered for candidature. The names of party leader Subhash Ware and activist Ranjit Gadgil have also been discussed.
Gadgil confirmed that he would fill the form soon. “At this moment, I am busy getting 600 signatures from the six Assembly constituencies and once that is done, I would file my application,” he said.
S B Talekar, chairman of the High Court Bar Association, Satish Jain, a banker from Aurangabad, activist Subhash Lomte, Mayank Gandhi and Vijay Pandhare are some of the people who have sought tickets. Damania said after the scrutiny of the forms the names would be announced for suggestions from people and the process of selecting candidates would be based purely on merit.
“We are hopeful that the final list of candidates would start rolling out by March 20 and we will complete the process by then,” she said.