Renowned realtor D S Kulkarni criticised the protocol followed by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) while selecting candidates for contesting upcoming Lok Sabha election on AAP ticket. He was addressing the mediapersons in the city yesterday.
Sour grapes? D S Kulkarni at the press conference in the city yesterday, where he compared AAP to other political parties that believed in closed-door meetings. Pic/Mohan Patil
Kulkarni attacked the party and accused AAP of following closed-door candidate selection methods, with an unknown high command influencing selections, just like other political parties.
His tirade against AAP comes a day after the party announced that Subhash Ware would be its candidate to contest polls from the city.
Kulkarni and former Indian hockey captain Dhanraj Pillay’s names were doing rounds as the front-runners to get AAP ticket after the party shunted former IAS officer Arun Bhatia.
Bhaita claimed his allegations against AAP leaders Prashant Bhushan and former Delhi law minister Somnath Bharati had cost him the ticket.
Alleging that the party had already chosen its candidates, Kulkarni claimed that the entire selection procedure was a gimmick to fool the others. He claimed that AAP did not even follow the Swaraj method, wherein party members would have had shortlisted candidate through voting.
Kulkarni, who had contested previous LS polls on a Bharatiya Samajwadi Party ticket, said that he was drawn to the AAP’s commitment for change and transparency, but claimed both the aspects were seen missing during the party’s selection procedure. aHe said the party had asked him to submit signature of 100 voters from his legislative assembly, supporting his candidature, and had asked the aspiring candidates to fill the forms with great details which even the election commission does not ask for. “After scrutinising applications, candidates were called for an interview. All this was a sham,” Kulkarni said. “I am going to write a letter to Arvind Kejriwal, expressing my displeasure over the selection procedure observed by
Rubbishing Kulkarni’s allegations, AAP district convener Maruti Bhapkar said the selection procedure was transparent and the realtor’s tirade against the party was nothing but his frustration after being denied the ticket.
“For Swaraj method, zilla, block (assembly) and booth-level committees need to be formed. For building such network, it would take another year. These committees share details of the aspiring candidates with the state committee.
The state committee then shortlists three members on their merit. The final candidate is selected by the highest committee in Delhi. Had he got the ticket, Kulkarni wouldn’t had blamed the selection procedure.”