The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has decided to announce its first list of candidates for the Punjab Assembly polls by the month-end.
After reviewing the progress of the party’s ongoing campaign in the state, AAP finalised a plan to come up with a list for 30-35 seats (out of 117). Sources privy to the discussions held here last evening told The Tribune that the first meeting, which could be held as early as Saturday, would involve party workers at the grassroots level.
In the four-tier selection process, the volunteers’ meeting will first come up with a pool of names (not more than 10). These will be forwarded to the Campaign Committee, which will select half of them.
These five names, if not less, depending on the number of applicants, will then be sent to the Selection Committee to verify each candidate against the party’s ‘three C’ criterion: Of a good character with no record or taint of having indulged in corrupt practices or criminal conduct. The candidates will be finalised by the Political Affairs Committee headed by party convener Arvind Kejriwal.
If the party convention followed in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and the 2015 Delhi Assembly elections is strictly enforced, Punjab AAP convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur and others may find themselves out of the reckoning for the ticket.
The AAP strategy has been to keep those involved in the logistics, planning and execution of the campaign insulated from being in the fray as contestants. This led to Delhi AAP convener Ashutosh planning and implementing the electoral battle plan and being a manager, just as Ashish Talwar was the convener during the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. Neither of them contested the polls.
On whom to project as the Chief Minister, sources said there had been no discussion on the issue within the party top brass.
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