While it has opted out of contesting the Haryana elections, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has decided to hold protests against ‘tainted’ candidates and exhort the electorate to not vote for them as part of its Aap ki Awaaz campaign.
Senior AAP leader Yogendra Yadav on Wednesday released a list of 11 such candidates here and also read outthe charges against them, which he said, had been collated mostly from the affidavits filed by the respective candidate. Prominent among those include former minister Gopal Kanda of the Haryana Lokhit Party.
AAP said that he faces charges of abetment to suicide, criminal intimidation, destruction of evidence, forgery of documents, sending offensive messages and criminal conspiracy. INLD’s Abhay Chautala also figures in the list with AAP accusing him of having assets disproportionate to his known sources of income.
The anti-graft outfit also named Congress leaders Rao Narender Singh, Naresh Selval, Vinod Bhayana, Ramniwas Ghorela — all named in the CLU-CD scam. Other on the AAP list include Sombir Sangwan (BJP), facing charges of criminal intimidation; Umesh Aggarwal (BJP), also facing charges of criminal intimidation; Ved Pal Tanwar (HJC), allegedly chargesheeted in three criminal cases for murder, attempt to murder and kidnapping of a minor; Ramkishan Fauji and Sumita Singh (both Congress).
On why AAP was not in the electoral fray, Yadav said that the party did not have the requisite resources to contest the polls. He added that the decision to stay away from the elections was taken by the party leadership. Further alleging that Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda faced serious charges of favouring builders in a series of land acquisitions, Yadav demanded an investigation in to the deals. He added these included notification and release of land in IMT Manesar, Sonepat, Ambala, Kurukshetra and land acquired by Reliance in Jhajjar and Gurgaon.
“There was no transparency in these transactions. A notification for acquisition was issued, private buildings bought the land and then the notification was withdrawn. The Skylite Hospitalities Scandal in Gurgaon involving Robert Vadra is well known,” Yadav said.