Patna: Toeing the line of her party founder Arvind Kejriwal, Aam Aadmi Party’s Patna Sahib candidate Parveen Amanullah has invited BJP candidate Shatrughan Sinha for an ‘open debate’ on the issues concerning the people of the constituency. Kejriwal had invited Narendra Modi for a debate on Gujarat development.
In a letter written to Shotgun, the former Bihar minister said people wanted to know about the development works in his ten years as an MP. People were still grappling with poor health and education facilities. Problems like unemployment, civic amenities, scarcity of power and water remained unresolved, she alleged. She also sought Sinha’s stand vis a vis Shiv Sena in Maharashtra allegedly causing all sorts of trouble to people from Bihar. Parveen has asked Shatru to decide the date and time for debate.
Meanwhile, the AAP’s state campaign committee (SCC) clarified that ticket to its Karakat candidate Ghulam Kundanan has not been cancelled. “Earlier, the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) had said a case under section 364 IPC (kidnapping or abduction to murder) was registered against him. However, the case is registered under section 384,” said SCC convener Basant Choudhary. ADR chairman Prof Tirlochan Shastry told TOI, “That was an error. We have corrected it on our website.”
Begursarai candidature remains a matter of concern for the party. Choudhary said the party candidate, Arun Kumar, is unwell and the party was not informed about his health problems. However, Kumar blamed his withdrawal on bad organisational structure of the party.
Meanwhile, AAP leader Somnath Tripathi said the door-to-door campaign launched by party volunteers has helped the candidates connect with the voters. “Further, the candidates’ profile is also helping. Many of them like Kishori Das (Sitamarhi), Tiliya Devi (Jhanjharpur), Alimuddin Ansari (Kishanganj) and Rajendra Singh (Nawada) have worked for long on various problems facing the people,” he said and added six candidates among them are women.