AAP finalises 30 more for Punjab Assembly elections as discontent grows

AAP in Punjab

Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Wednesday finalised a list of around 30 more candidates for Punjab and 10 for Goa.

Punjab has 117 Assembly seats. The new party is expected to give a tough fight to the ruling NDA and opposition Congress in the polls scheduled next year. AAP is facing discontent within and outside the party due to dozens of corruptions and sex scandals involving its top party leaders. As most crucial decisions in AAP are taken by its central Delhi leaders, the party is facing ‘outsider’ charges by its rivals.

During the meet, AAP again blamed PM Modi and BJP for the the surgical strike controversy. Arvind Kejriwal is facing strong protests from rivals and on social media for doubting Indian Army announcements and echoing Pakistani demand for providing proof of the strikes.

Political Affairs Committee (PAC), AAP’s top decision-making body, met with key representatives from Punjab units to finalise the third list.

AAP had to face protests and a lot of discontent with the party ranks when the first two lists were announced and the same is expected this time as there are multiple applicants for each ticket.

While no names are being made public — they are expected to be announced in a couple of days — sources said among those who have made the cut from Punjab are former journalist Kanwar Sandhu (Kharar constituency) and Sukhpal Singh Khaira (Boluth), an ex-Congress leader.

The party had announced 32 candidates for Punjab in August and is set to release the third list in a couple of days. This will leave just over 50 constituencies open in the state. “These (too) are likely to be finalised by the end of this month. The complete list has to be released by October-end,” a PAC member said.