New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has released the names of 70 candidates, three weeks ahead of the Delhi assembly elections. The party has retained its 46 members of the legislative assembly while 24 new names have been added to the list.
The list includes three leaders who had contested the recent Lok Sabha polls from the national capital. All names were finalised by the political affairs committee of the AAP and the notification was issued by the poll body on Tuesday, a senior party leader said.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has decided to contest from the same constituency where he had defeated former CM Sheila Dixit in 2013 polls while Deputy CM will continue to contest from Patparganj. The party has also retained its cabinet ministers on their seats.
The party, which had 5 women contesting the 2015 polls, has given tickets to eight women time.
Releasing the list of the candidates, Delhi's Deputy CM sisodia said, “The AAP political affairs committee has approved the names of candidates for all the 70 seats for the Delhi assembly elections. The existing MLAs will contest elections on 46 seats; in place of 15 existing MLAs and nine vacant seats (there will be) new faces. There are eight women candidates. In 2015, there were six."
Meanwhile, the party has dropped sitting member Adarsh Shastri and nominated Vinay Kumar Mishra from Dwarka constituency. Shastri is the grandson of Lal Bahadur Shastri.
Party leaders Raghav Chadha, Atishi and Dilip Pandey, who remained unsuccessful during the Lok Sabha polls, will contest from Rajinder Nagar, Kalkaji and Timarpur, respectively. Former Congress MLA Ram Singh Netaji will contest from Badarpur constituency. Netaji joined the party on Monday last.
Giving his good wishes to the nominees, the Delhi CM stated, "Best wishes to all. Don’t be complacent. Work very hard. People have a lot of faith in AAP and you. God bless."