Bengaluru: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has announced its first list of candidates for upcoming Karnataka Assembly polls. The party has released the names of 18 candidates
Those contesting on AAP ticket are: Deepak Malagar (Basavakalyan), S G Sitaram (Basavangudi), Ravi Kumar (Bhadravathi), Dr. Syed Asad Abbas (BTM Layout), Mohan Dasari (C V Raman Nagar), Malavika Gubbivani (Chamraja), Raghavendra K L (Davangere South), Sharanappa (Gangavathi), Raghavendra Thane (Hebbal), Santosh Nargund (Hubli-Dharwad Central), Lingaraj Urs (K R Puram), Balasaheb Rao (Kagwad), Anand Hampannavar (Kittur), Siddagangaiah R (Pulakeshinagar), Prithvi Reddy (Sarvagnanagar), Renuka Viswanathan (Shanti Nagar), Chandrakant Revankar (Shikaripura) and Ayub Khan (Shivajinagar).
In a conference, the party said that it'll field nominees in all the 224 constituencies.
"We intend to field 224 candidates, but it all depends on resources and availability of good candidates. In any case, we will field at least 112 candidates," said AAP national executive member Prithvi Reddy.
Reddy, who is also the state AAP convener, said the party would release more list of candidates in the coming days.
Talking about the candidates in the first list, Reddy said they are ordinary people with extra-ordinary background.
"If our Shanti Nagar candidate Renuka Viswanathan has been a stellar IAS officer who was instrumental in launching National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, the Shivajinagar candidate Ayub Khan is an auto-rickshaw driver working for the welfare of fellow drivers. I am fighting against the Bengaluru?Development Minister K J George from Sarvagna Nagar," said Prithvi Reddy.
He ruled out any setback to AAP's prospects in Karnataka and elsewhere in the wake of party chief Arvind Kejriwal tendering apologies in some defamation cases filed against him.
With PTI inputs