Lok Sabha polls 2014: AAP releases first list of 20 candidates
The list was announced two days after the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal stepped down.
The list features names of 20 candidates and the party has also decided candidates against Congress heavyweights like Rahul Gandhi, Salman Khurshid and Milind Deora.
The announcement for the list of candidates came hours after Political Affairs Committee (PAC) of the AAP held a meeting on Sunday morning to discuss its preparations for the Lok Sabha elections.
The nine members of the committee along with Sanjay Singh, Yogendra Yadav and Ashutosh attended the meeting at the residence of Arvind Kejriwal, who resigned on Friday as the Delhi chief minister after a 49-day stint.
According to a report, Poet-turned-politician Kumar Vishwas is all set to contest against Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi from Amethi, former banker Meera Sanyal who recently joined the party will contest against Milind Deora and Mukul Tripathy will contest against External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid from Farrukhabad constituency in Uttar Pradesh.
Mayank Gandhi will take on former minister of state for home affairs Gurudas Kamat.
"Today we have announced the names of 20 candidates. The selection of all these candidates has been done on the basis of their work for the society," AAP leader Manish Sisodia said at a press conference.
"While choosing the candidates, we have tried to prevent corrupt and people with criminal charges from entering politics," Sisodia added.
However, the party has not yet fielded any candidate against the UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi.
Earlier, sources in the AAP hinted that the person whom the party is planning to field against Sonia Gandhi is a known face in Uttar Pradeah but not across the country.
The AAP has reportedly received over 10,000 applications for contesting the Lok Sabha seats.
Here is the full list of 20 candidates:
Kumar Vishwas to contest against Rahul Gandhi
Ashutosh to contest against Kapil Sibal
Mukul Triparthy to contest against Salman Khurshid
Meera Sanyal to contest against Milind Deora from South Mumbai
AAP convener of Maharashtra unit, Anjali Dalmiya to contest against Nitin Gadkari from Nagpur
Yogendra Yadav to contest from Gurgaon
Social activist Medha Patkar to contest from Mumbai North East
Mayank Gandhi to contest against Gurudas Kamat
Baba Hardeve to contest against Mulayam SIngh Yadav
Subhash Pade to contest against Suresh Kalmadi from Pune
Khalid Parvez to contest against Mohammad Azharuddin
Senior Lawyer HS Phoolka to contest from Ludhiana against Manish Tewari
Vijay Pandhare to contest from Nashik
Jarnail Singh Patrakar to contest against Mahabal Mishra
Dr. Jia Lal Ram to contest from Lal Ganj
Haroon Payang to contest from Arunachal west
Alok Aggarwal to contest from Khandwa
Lingraj to contest from Bargal, Orisa
Yogesh Dahiya to contest from Saharanpur
Somendra Dhaka to contest from Baghpat