Despite charges, AAP stands by its candidates


While deciding that none of the 32 candidates announced by it in two phases will be changed, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has finalised the third list of about 30 candidates which will be released in a few days.
After the allegations of corruption and criminal activities were levelled against 10 candidates, the party conducted an internal inquiry and concluded that all candidates “are clean”.
“As per verification done by us, the candidates are clean and there is no need for any change,” said a senior party leader.
Party sources said they were unfazed by the controversies and would continue to announce the candidates much in advance of the 2017 Assembly elections.
To strengthen the party base, AAP Punjab co-convener Jarnail Singh had yesterday said the office-bearers of the state unit would be announced soon. He said this while announcing the appointment of Gulshan Chhabra as secretary of the state unit.
The sources said the third list would have pre-dominance of Hindu candidates as the nominations would be for 32 urban seats, which traditionally had more votes among the trader community.
They said though the party had not selected the candidate on the basis of caste or religion, it had struck a fine balance keeping in mind the sensitivities of voters.

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