AAP fields Shazia Ilmi from Ghaziabad
New Delhi: In a move that to an extent may quell brewing dissent with the Aam Admi Party, the party think-tank decided to field one of its founder members, Shazia Ilmi from Ghaziabad Lok Sabha seat.
Ilmi had openly expressed her displeasure for being denied a ticket from one of the seven Delhi Lok Sabha seats and was asked to contest from Rae Bareli against the Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
While flatly refusing to enter the poll fray against the Congress chief, stating that she hardly knew anyone in that constituency and would have agreed to contest from any of the Delhi seats as it had been an area where she had in the past had worked. Ilmi had a few supporters in the party who stood by her and had justified her stand by raising questions over the ticket distributions for the national capital.
On Saturday when the AAP declared its sixth list of 55 candidates for Lok Sabha polls, Shazia Ilmi was named the party nominee from Ghaziabad. The list also included alleged Maoist conduit Soni Sori and ex-IPS officer officer Kanchan Chaudhary Bhattacharya.
while Sori has been fielded from Bastar in Chhattisgarh, Bhattacaharya will enter the fray from Haridwar.
Bhattacharya, the second woman Indian Police Service (IPS) officer and the first woman to become director general of police, will contest from Haridwar in Uttarakhand.
The AAP, which plans to contest between 350 to 400 Lok Sabha seats, has so far declared 242 candidates.
The latest list also includes 10 candidates each from Uttar Pradesh and Odisha, seven from Madhya Pradesh, and six from Maharashtra state.