AAP chooses aam aadmi in state to pick up their favourite candidates for LS elections
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The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has begun preparations for selection of its candidates in Gujarat for 2014 general elections. They would be selected on the basis of recommendations from local voters, the party leaders said.
Speaking to The Indian Express, state party convener Sukhdev Patel said the party had set up committees for each of the 26 Lok Sabha constituency to study its geography, political history and poll dynamics.
The selection of candidates would be done on the basis of recommendations of party workers from respective constituencies and would not be enforced from top bosses as was the case in other parties, he said.
Elaborating upon, he said that the candidates aspiring to contest the polls would have to submit recommendations from at least 1,000 registered electorates of the constituencies.
The party leaders would then shortlist five of the aspirants and put their biodata on the party's website and ask for public suggestions about each of them.
"The candidate receiving maximum support from the public will be the official nominee," said Patel.
"This is the process decided by the party till now for selection of candidates to ensure victory," he said, adding that the same criteria was followed in Delhi Assembly polls, resulting in spectacular victory of its candidates.
Stating that AAP was a completely new party, he said there would not be any "bhai-bhatijavaad" or favouritism in the selection based on proximity of candidates to any senior party leader.
"We will also not go by caste or creed, but simply on merit of the candidate though it may be a little difficult in Gujarat keeping in view an atmosphere of fear created by some political groups. But we will have to face it all for the sake of providing an alternative to the aam aadmi (common people)," he said.