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His name announced amid fanfare,auto driver no longer AAP’s face in Kalkaji

Singh claimed it was the party’s decision and that he would continue to work for the party.

Briefly after Bhaag Singh,an auto-rickshaw driver,shot to fame after securing an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) ticket,the party has now withdrawn his candidature from the Kalkaji Assembly seat. While senior party members insisted that he withdrew from the fray voluntarily citing “personal reasons”,Singh claimed it was the party’s decision and that he would continue to work for the party.

Sources claimed Singh’s name was removed from the list of candidates about a month ago.

Singh’s name had been announced as the candidate from Kalkaji amid much fanfare,and his name consistently figured in rally speeches,with the party citing him as an example of the ‘Aam Aadmi’ they represented. “Singh was important as he was an auto driver,and the auto drivers of the city were the first group to extend support to the party. He was an example of a common man with clean intentions that the party was keen to promote,” a party member said.

The reason for his removal remains unclear,with party leaders insisting that Singh voluntarily withdrew his candidature due to “personal reasons”. “He had requested the party that he did not wish to contest for personal reasons. There is no other reason. You can check with him,as he is still a loyal party worker and is hard at work at the party office in the Kalkaji constituency,” a party leader said.

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Reached for his views,Singh made no mention of any “personal reasons” for withdrawing from the fray and said it was the party’s decision to withdraw his name. “The party is united in its goal to eradicate corruption and bring clean governance to Delhi. I am still working as a loyal worker in the party’s door-to-door campaign. This is the party’s decision and I accept it,”

Singh said.

Party officials said now that Singh was no longer in the fray,it was imperative to find a new candidate as quickly as possible,with elections exactly a month away. “Withdrawal of candidature under the party’s process means that a short-list has to be made afresh. Then,the new candidate will be chosen from the short-list. This process will have to be hastened as any campaigning without a clean face in the constituency loses its value,” a senior party member said.