First list of 134 candidates released by AAP before crucial Delhi civic body pollstext_fields
New Delhi: The first list of 134 candidates for the crucial elections to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi on December 4 was revealed by the Aam Aadmi Party on Friday.
The party document indicated that there may be as many as 65 female candidates.
"Dedicated old party volunteers working on the ground have got recognition for their hard work in the first list itself," the party said, adding that 90 per cent of the party tickets have been awarded to such volunteers who have been working at the grassroots level for years.
Before giving the tickets, the party surveyed all the candidates and took feedback from the local people upon their choice of candidates. More than 20,000 party workers had applied to contest the MCD election on AAP's ticket, the statement said.
The list of candidates was finalised in a marathon meeting of the AAP's Political Affairs Committee (PAC) chaired by party convenor Arvind Kejriwal. Kejriwal along with senior leader Manish Sisodia and AAP Delhi state convenor Gopal Rai was present in the meeting among other senior members.
The party's preparations for the MCD (Municipal Corporation of Delhi) elections as well as the political atmosphere of the city was discussed at length during the meeting.
There were also serious discussions over the party's surveys and election data in regard to the finalisation of the lists of candidates for the elections, the party said.
"In the selection of candidates, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has given weightage to the applicants who command a strong presence among the people of Delhi and the workers who are constantly at the forefront of public service," the party said.
Sisodia had earlier said that there was a long list of people seeking MCD tickets from the AAP. He said a survey of all such aspirants is underway and a professional survey is being conducted on each candidate, and the final lists of candidates will be released following the survey.
Earlier in the day, Kejriwal released the party's 10 guarantees for the MCD polls. It also released the list of the party's 30-star campaigners.
Filing of nominations to the MCD polls began on November 7, and the last date for the same is November 14. Scrutiny of nomination papers will be done on November 16, while the last date for withdrawal of candidature is November 19. Since no nomination papers will be received by returning officers on November 12-13 on account of public holidays, a rush of nominations is expected on November 14.