AAP to replace North West Delhi candidate with Rakhi Birla

Rakhi Birla to contest from NW Delhi
New Delhi, March 18: The AAP on Tuesday withdrew the candidature of Mahendra Singh from the North West Delhi constituency for his alleged involvement in criminal cases. Former Delhi minister Rakhi Birla will be fielded from the seat, a party official said.

Singh, a social activist, had a number of criminal cases against him, an Aam Aadmi Party leader said.

"There were criminal cases against him (Singh)," the AAP official said, adding that the party was earlier unaware of them.

According to the party official, Singh had spent "three months in jail last year in a case of fake currency circulation".
The party told him it was cancelling his nomination, and Singh agreed to it.

Social entrepreneur Khalid Parvez too won't be contesting from Moradabad after the party found out that he was a bank defaulter.

Rakhi Birla, who was the youngest minister in the Arvind Kejriwal government that lasted only 49 days and she will be fielded from the seat, a party leader told.


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