AAP seeks to strike balance in candidate selection

New Delhi, Mar 16: The Aam Aadmi Party has sought to strike a balance by giving tickets to people from diverse fields like media, corporate world, films and academics besides social activists, former defence personnel and retired bureaucrats for the Lok Sabha elections.

Former CEO and Chairperson of RBS India Meera Sanyal, social activist Medha Patkar, actress Gul Panag, academician Rajmohan Gandhi and journalist Ashutosh are among the 242 candidates announced by the party so far for its debut Lok Sabha elections.

"After its success in the Delhi assembly elections, the party has got tremendous response with people from across the country wanting to become members. With this, also came a long list of people wanting to contest on a party ticket," said an AAP leader.

While party leader Arvind Kejriwal doesn't mince words when it comes to attacking the media, it is ironic that it has given a sizable number of tickets to journalists. Mukul Tripathi, Ashish Khetan, Jarnail Singh, who had flung his shoe on P Chidambaram, and former

AAP has managed to find candidates from the corporate world.

Time journalist Anita Pratap are among them. Ashutosh will contest against Union minister Kapil Sibal from Chandni Chowk constituency here.

Despite the erstwhile AAP government's decision of scrapping FDI in retail, it has managed to find candidates from the corporate world as well.

Sanyal has been named to take on Union minister Milind Deora from South Mumbai. K Balakrishnan, former Chief Financial Officer of Infosys, would be contesting from Bangalore Central.

The party has also managed to field activists, who for years, have been taking up cudgels against various state governments over different issues.

Narmada Bachao Andolan pioneer Patkar is in fray from Mumbai North-east while another NBA activist Alok Agarwal is contesting from Khandwa.

Similarly, tribal activist Soni Sori is contesting from Bastar in Chhattisgarh whereas anti-Posco leader Lingraj is contesting from Bargarh in Odisha.


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