The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Jharkhand is on the verge of a split, with a section of its leaders deciding on Monday to boycott all but one of the party’s eight official candidates and to nominate alternate candidates in four Lok Sabha constituencies.
The meeting, attended by party workers, including a member of the now-disbanded Preparatory Committee and the former Ranchi convenor of the AAP, decided they would support only Khunti candidate Dayamani Barla.
“We have decided to nominate Amit Kumar, who has been part of the anti-corruption movement for three years, as the Ranchi candidate. We will also have candidates in Jamshedpur, Dhanbad and Hazaribag. We are the AAP; our candidates will demand the broom as an election symbol,” said Sunil Mahato, former member of the Preparatory Committee.
Trouble within the party began when the AAP’s state incharge Somnath Tripathi tried to announce the formation of a 11-member Election Campaign Committee in Ranchi.
AAP members had alleged that most members of the committee were not even party members.
The immediate anger was brought on by the candidature of Amanullah Aman from Ranchi. The rebel leaders allege Aman is not an AAP member. “He did not even submit an online application for candidature… He is no different from the people the AAP is trying to throw out,” claimed former Ranchi convenor, Ajay Chaudhary.
Seven AAP candidates in the state have drawn ire of rebel leaders.
“Most of them were not active in the party; they have not worked among people here. Dayamani Barla is the only exception, so we will support her,” said Sunil Mahato.
Amanullah Aman is an IIT-Kharagpur graduate who says he left a life of luxury to serve the people.
AAp splinter GAP fields 2 candidates in Bengal
Kolkata: Three days after the AAP fielded three candidates in West Bengal, its splinter group, called Gareeb Aadmi Party (GAP), too announced candidates in two constituencies Tuesday. GAP was formed in February after a group of disillusioned members broke away from the AAP. The party has fielded candidates in Howrah and Asansol, said Vandana Singh, president of the GAP (Bengal chapter). The GAP members call themselves the original volunteers of AAP who had been associated with India Against Corruption movement. GAP leaders claimed at least 400 volunteers from AAP joined them in the last month.