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AAP second list dashes hope of two Jamia alumni


The dream of two alumni of Jamia Miilia Islamia, who were expecting tickets from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), has been dashed after the party announced its second list of candidates for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from east Delhi. Now Raj Mohan Gandhi, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, is AAP candidate against Sandeep Dikshit, sitting Congress Member of Parliament.

When the countdown to the parliament elections had begun a Jamia alumnus Saeed Khan, vice president in 1991 Jamia students’ union, had expressed his desire to pitch his wife Sunita Duggal from east Delhi.

And the other name that was doing the rounds in those days was of Shazia Ilmi, who studied at Jamia’s MCRC. Compared with Saeed Khan, Shazia never officially endorsed her name from this constituency but many Jamia alumni in Okhla were expecting that AAP may field her from east Delhi.

In the 2013 Delhi Assembly elections luck had eluded her as she lost to Anil Sharma of the BJP from RK Puram by a wafer thin margin of 326 votes. All told the buzz is that AAP may pitch her against UPA chief Sonia Gandhi from Rae Bareli. But this too has not been officially confirmed.

On the other hand Khan had shown keen interest in fielding his wife from east Delhi. His wife Sunita had even resigned her senior bank job to become AAP member. During the candidate selection process, Khan had come visiting Okhla. He had met his old Jamia friends, requesting their support. Some 100 voters had provided their approval.

Following the rise of AAP, many Jamia alumni have joined the party in hope to revive their political career. It would be interesting to see how many of them get ticket from AAP.

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