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Business News/ Elections / AAP announces 5 Lok Sabha poll candidates for Delhi, Haryana; Jal Board vice chairman Somnath Bharti on list
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AAP announces 5 Lok Sabha poll candidates for Delhi, Haryana; Jal Board vice chairman Somnath Bharti on list

The AAP announced the five names after a meeting of its Political Affairs Committee chaired by Delhi Chief Minister and party's national convener Arvind Kejriwal.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Premium
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday announced Lok Sabha election candidates for Delhi and Haryana. AAP senior leader Somnath Bharti, Malviya Nagar MLA, is set to contest from New Delhi.

The AAP announced the five names after a meeting of its Political Affairs Committee chaired by Delhi Chief Minister and party's national convener Arvind Kejriwal.

AAP leader Sandeep Pathak made the Lok Sabha candidate list announcement, “There will be a total of 23 (Lok Sabha) candidates of AAP, of which five have already been announced. Today, we are announcing five more candidates of which four are from Delhi and one from Haryana. Somnath Bharti will be the candidate from New Delhi Lok Sabha constituency, Sahi Ram will be the candidate from South Delhi Lok Sabha seat, Mahabal Mishra from West Delhi and Kuldeep Kumar from East Delhi. Along with this, Sushil Gupta will be the candidate from Haryana's Kurukshetra."

The AAP fielded Somnath Bharti, who is also the Delhi Jal Board vice-chairman, from the New Delhi constituency, Kondli MLA Kuldeep Kumar from East Delhi, Sahiram Pehelwan from South Delhi and former MP Mahabal Mishra from the West Delhi Lok Sabha constituency.

The party declared former Rajya Sabha MP Sushil Gupta as its candidate from Kurukshetra in Haryana.

Meanwhile, Delhi BJP chief Virendra Sachdeva, while expressing confidence in a saffron party win, took a dig at the AAP and said, "It doesn't matter what the other party is announcing. Two things are decided in Delhi - Lotus will bloom on all seven Lok Sabha seats and the BJP will win under the leadership of PM Modi. Second is that the AAP's corruption and Arvind Kejriwal's dishonesty will be defeated in all these 7 seats."

In Delhi, the party has joined hands with its INDIA bloc ally, the Congress for the Lok Sabha polls.

The AAP and Congress have arrived at a 4-3 seat-sharing arrangement for Delhi. The AAP had already announced its three candidates for Assam and two for Gujarat.

List of candidates announced by AAP

-Somnath Bharti from New Delhi

-Sahi Ram from South Delhi

-Mahabal Mishra from West Delhi

-Kuldeep Kumar from East Delhi

-Sushil Gupta from Kurukshetra, Haryana

ED issues 8th summons to Delhi CM Kejriwal

On February 27, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) issued a summons to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for the eighth time for questioning in the excise policy-linked money laundering case, official sources said.

Kejriwal, the national convenor of the Aam Aadmi Party, has now been asked to depose at the agency's headquarters on March 4, they said.

Kejriwal on Monday had skipped the seventh summons issued to him in the case, saying he would appear before the agency if a court ordered him to do so.

The ED, while issuing the eighth summons, rejected the contention that a fresh notice for Kejriwal's attendance was wrong as the matter was sub-judice.

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Published: 27 Feb 2024, 04:32 PM IST
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