Aam Aadmi Party national convenor and former Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will contest from New Delhi constituency, the party said on Wednesday, as it announced the list of eight more candidates.
Kejriwal, who surprised many by trouncing the then chief minister Sheila Dixit by over 22,000 votes, in the last Assembly elections figured in the fifth list of candidates announced by the party.
Party sources said Kejriwal’s name was to be proposed by 69 candidates at the end. But the party wanted to end the confusion.
After the announcement of Kejriwal’s name, Delhi BJP attacked AAP saying it had said that it would announce the name of Arvind Kejriwal as its last candidate, but it suddenly took the U-turn.
“This is another U-turn by the AAP. They declared they will announce Kejriwal as its last candidate and field him against BJP chief ministerial candidate, but AAP fielded him from New Delhi constituency. It is a total U-turn. Has Kejriwal accepted his defeat? ” Delhi BJP spokesperson Harish Khurana said.
AAP has also given ticket to former deputy Speaker of Delhi Legislative Assembly Fateh Singh from Gokulpuri. Singh had bid adieu to BJP before joining AAP last week.
Of the 70 seats, AAP has so far declared candidates for 59 seats.
AAP has also fielded Naresh Balyan, an independent councillor and former chairman of standing committee on health of the South Delhi Municipal Corporation, from Uttam Nagar.
Party volunteer Amanatullah Khan, has been fielded from Okhla. Kailash Gehlot, a lawyer by profession, whose family runs a school in Najafgarh and has been given ticket from that constituency.
AAP volunteer, and a relatively new face, Rajendra Dabas will contest from Mundka while another volunteer of the party S D Sharma will contest from Ghonda.
From Seemapuri, the party has fielded local volunteer Rajendra Gautam.