THE AAM Aadmi Party (AAP) has decided to delay nominations for the upcoming Punjab Assembly elections by a month. The party had earlier said it will allot tickets to candidates for at least half of the 117 Assembly constituencies by June. The leaders now, however, intend to roll out a manifesto for youths before naming candidates for the elections.
Delhi Chief Minister and AAP’s national convenor Arvind Kejriwal will release ‘the Youth Manifesto’ on July 3 in Amritsar. Thereafter, the party will set into motion the process of nomination of 30-40 candidates.
“We have delayed the nominations of party candidates by a month. We will start the process after Arvindji’s visit on July 3. It is a long process in which the campaign committee, screening committee and the volunteers of the party are involved. Each constituency would be proposing five names. The most suitable person would be nominated after a process of atleast 15 days,” said Durgesh Pathak, national organisation building head, AAP. He said they would release at least three lists till September. “By then all 117 candidates would be announced,” Pathak said.
With AAP mulling to throw its hat in the ring ahead of any other party, its leaders have reportedly been raising concerns that they could be implicated in certain cases and that early announcement will also give enough time to other political parties to buy out rebels, if any.
Moreover, the party does not want to choose an “undeserving” candidate hurriedly.
Sources said it was in the backdrop of these concerns that the party has delayed the ticket allotment.
Pathak, however, refuted these reports. “Our volunteers are not scared of any cases. They are ready to face anything,” he said.
“There are both advantages and disadvantages of declaring candidates early. A lot of thought is going behind the entire process. This will take time,” said an AAP leader.
Party’s 16-member election campaign committee comprising Sucha Singh Chhotepur, Bhagwant Mann, Sadhu Singh, Himmat Singh Shergill, Harjot Bains, Baljinder Kaur among others will shortlist candidates. The five-member screening committee, comprising Sanjay Singh, Durgesh Pathak, Chhotepur, Mann and Sadhu Singh, would examine the candidates.