Chandigarh: In a sequence of protests against candidates from Bathinda(R), Payal and Mohali for the 2017 Punjab Assembly polls, now some Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) volunteers on Thursday objected to the name of Ahbaab Singh Grewal as party’s Ludhiana (west) candidate, claiming that he was not a “winnable candidate”.
Volunteers of AAP from Ludhiana (west) Assembly constituency led by D S Grewal and Amandeep Singh Bains expressed displeasure over the name of Grewal. The latter’s name figured in the AAP’s first list of 19 candidates for the Assembly polls in the state, slated for next year.
“We wish to request AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal that Grewal, candidate from Ludhiana (west) Assembly seat, must be withdrawn in the interest of the party as he did not meet the core values of AAP,” they said.
“Grewal lacks mass appeal and he is not a winnable candidate,” they said, asking Kejriwal to name some other candidate from the seat who is “better suited”. “Of the 800 total AAP volunteers in Ludhiana (west), 90 per cent are against the candidacy of Grewal,” they claimed.
The volunteers said they had tried to raise their concern (about Grewal’s candidacy) with Punjab’s party affairs in-charge Sanjay Singh, but it turned futile.“We will remain with AAP,” they said while reiterating that all efforts would be made to get the candidate from Ludhiana (west) changed. They claimed that there were certain “shortcomings” in the first list of candidates announced by the party.
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