Jaaferi is AAP’s pick for Lucknow, Tripathi quits from Farrukhabad

The party named seven candidates for Bihar, three each for Jharkhand and Gujarat, five in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh and one each in Chattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

Riturajbhai Maheta will be the party’s candidate against BJP’s senior leader L K Advani from Gandhinagar seat in Gujarat. In Bihar, Anwar Alam will contest from Madhepura constituency, a seat represented by Janata Dal (United) Chief Sharad Yadav. The Congress-RJD combine has fielded local warhorse Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav from the constituency. With this list, the total number of candidates declared by AAP so has gone up to 407.

While in another development, an internal enquiry forced AAP candidate Mukul Tripathi to withdraw his candidature from Farrukhabad constituency in Uttar Pradesh. Mukul Tripathi, a former journalist, had been asked by AAP to run against union minister Salman Khurshid, who won the Farrukhabad constituency in 2009. However AAP sources said that there were some irregularities were found in his for the nomination process AAP was about to asked him to return the ticket, but Tripathi himself returned the ticket on Monday.

A senior AAP leader on the condition of anonymity told Millennium Post that Tripathi along-with the Etah constituency candidate’s affidavits were found with some irregularities which were against the party policy. We are going to ask them but Tripathi was in hurry and he return the ticket, said the AAP leader.

‘I have returned the ticket and left the party as I am not getting any support from the organization. There is corruption in the internal organization,’ said Tripathi in Lucknow while interacting with the media.

Tripathi claimed that the party’s local unit had collected Rs. 15 lakh during Arvind Kejriwal’s visit to Farrukhabad, but spent only Rs. 4-5 lakh. ‘I demanded that there should be an inquiry into where the rest of the amount has gone,’ he pointed out. Tripathi joined the AAP in December 2013.
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