Patiala: As many as 34 people have applied for the ticket of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) from Patiala urban seat, a traditional Congress stronghold from where former Chief Minister Captain Amarinder is likely to contest the coming Assembly polls, scheduled for early next year. Cong’s arch rival–Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)–is yet to zero in on the candidate to fight from the prestigious Assembly seat.
AAP’s district co-ordinator Dr Balbir Singh had invited the circle co-ordinators and active volunteers of the party to participate in the programme organised to identify the stronger candidates for Patiala Urban Seat at Khoobsurat Palace. The programme was schedueld to start at 11.30 am, but the organisers were not enthused with the initial response to the meeting.
A good number of chairs were lying empty when the party’s observer for the programme Jassi Singh Sekhon, also AAP candidate from Dhuri assembly seat and the district coordinator from the neighbouring district of Sangrur, reached the venue. After waiting for people to join the meeting for almost an hour, Jassi started the proceedings of the meeting.
At around 12.54 pm, Jassi announced that the panel had received the names of 34 aspirants but when he was found repeating the names of three to four aspirants. The programme finally ended at 1 pm.
Jassi, while addressing the gathering, said the AAP is a party which is being run with the people who are heartily dedicated to the party’s cause. He said that under the able leadership of national convener of the party and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the party is going to perform much better in the coming Assembly poll as compared to the Lok Sabha performance.
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