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Posted at: Sep 13, 2017, 1:55 AM; last updated: Sep 13, 2017, 1:55 AM (IST)GURDASPUR LOK SABHA BYPOLL

AAP forms panel to name nominee

Jupinderjit Singh

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 12

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is all set to start an aggressive campaign for trying to wrest the Gurdaspur parliamentary seat in the bypoll.

While a three-member committee of the party is in the process of shortlisting the candidate from several ticket aspirants, all 20 MLAs of the party and two of the alliance partner, the Lok Insaf Party, have geared up to handle different responsibilities and campaign in different pockets of the border district. Further, the party has launched meetings at different levels in the district.

The party is drumming up support for its campaign on locals versus outsiders in the parliamentary seat where none of its MLAs could make a mark in the last state Assembly elections.

The three-member committee comprises state convener and Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann, Leader of Opposition Sukhpal Khaira and deputy state convener Aman Arora. The committee would shortlist the candidates which would be discussed by the national political affairs committee when party convener Arvind Kejriwal returns from a Vipasana course on September 20.

“We will choose a candidate from among local leaders. Unlike the other parties, no outsider will be forced upon the Gurdaspur residents,” said Khaira. He said there were a number of ticket aspirants and the party was looking for an educated leader with a clean image with good oratory skills as he would have to speak in Parliament.

Khaira said it was important to have a local candidate as an outsider could not understand the difficulties of people of this district having volatile borders.

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