NEW DELHI :
The candidate list for the Aam Aadmi Party for the upcoming Delhi Assembly elections will see new names as dissenters and lack of adequate performance could lead to some legislators being left out from the list.
The party is looking to release names of candidates by 14 January. 70 assembly constituencies in Delhi go to poll on 8 February and results will be declared on 11 February.
“The discussion to finalize names of candidates in ongoing. The party is also conducting surveys. Not all candidates will get tickets. Those who have not performed will be left out. There are also seats whose candidates have dissented which are open as well," a senior leader of the party said.
To finalise their list, the party is holding an internal survey in all the constituencies to measure the performance and popularity of their legislators in their respective constituencies.
"The list will see some new names from assembly segments where the AAP is in power. Those who have not performed will not be given tickets. But those are a few," the leader added.
The AAP came to power in 2015 after winning 67 out of 70 seats. Since then, there have been at least six members including Kapil Mishra and Alka Lamba who have joined the Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress respectively.
Delhi chief minister and AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal is likely to contest from New Delhi, where he is currently elected from. He had first contested against the late chief minister Sheila Dikshit in 2013 and won from the seat. This election could also see Atishi and Raghav Chadha, who contested election during the Lok Sabha polls also contest assembly polls.
"We are looking into candidate selection. Our review process is on and we will soon come out with our list of candidates," Deputy chief minister and senior AAP leader Manish Sisodia said.
The last date for candidates to file nominations is 21 January. Delhi is facing a there cornered contest between the AAP, BJP and the Congress.