The face of the Aam Admi Party (AAP) in Himachal Pradesh is four-time BJP MLA Rajan Sushant who was the first to rebel against the BJP government in 2012 in Himachal Pradesh ahead of polls.
Sushant on Saturday joined AAP in New Delhi.
He is likely to contest from Kangra Parliamentary constituency against former Chief Minister and BJP veteran Shanta Kumar. Shanta announced his decision to contest Lok Sabha polls reversing his decision to retire from politics. He is a Rajya Sabha MP whose term ends in April 2014.
Sushant was suspended from BJP Parliament Party in 2011, after he formed an anti-corruption front and made allegations of corruption against Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal and his son Anurag Thakur.
In 2012, ahead of Assembly polls, Sushant created a flutter when he demanded a narco-analysis test on Dhumal. His decision to join AAP—he had announced it much earlier when he supported Arvind Kejriwal’s fight against corruption—could create worries for the BJP. AAP could upset the BJP as well as Congress calculations on three seats Hamirpur ,Shimla and Mandi.
Sushant has thrown a challenge to “expose” Shanta Kumar and BJP national general secretary JP Nadda. BJP downplayed it as Nadda termed him as inconsequential to state politics and the BJP.
After weighing its options over fielding candidates only in the key constituencies of Madhya Pradesh, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Sunday announced that it would contest all the 29 Lok Sabha seats in the state. The party has already declared to field Narmada Bachao Andolan leader Alok Agrawal from Khandwa.
The party said of the 600 applications, 200 have been forwarded to the party’s political affairs committee with feedback from the state unit. The announcement came on a day when one of shortlisted AAP members withdrew from the fray. Prahlad Pandey, one of the founding members and spokesperson of AAP, raised doubts over the party’s internal democracy and voiced his opposition to an amendment made in the party’s constitution last month. Pandey demanded that the party’s constitution should be uploaded on its website. He was almost certain to contest from Indore in the upcoming general elections.