Riding high on its outstanding performance in Delhi elections, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is likely to field cartoonist-turned-activist Aseem Trivedi from Kanpur Lok Sabha constituency against Congress’ Sriprakash Jaiswal and Samajwadi Party’s candidate Raju Srivastava.
“Yes, talks are on with the AAP leaders pertaining to Lok Sabha ticket from Kanpur,” said Aseem Trivedi.
“I am ready to contest against Sriprakash Jaiswal if AAP offers me ticket. Let’s see,” Aseem Trivedi added.
Noteworthy, Sriprakash Jaiswal has been elected three times as an MP from Kanpur’s Parliamentary constituency. Currently, he holds the coal portfolio.
Aseem Trivedi, a Kanpur-based cartoonist-turned-activist, hogged the limelight after he was arrested by the Mumbai Police for allegedly mocking the Indian Constitution by means of his political cartoons during an Anna Hazare rally. There was widespread outrage after his arrest as the supporters alleged that his arrest episode is politically motivated and he is being punished for backing Hazare’s anti-corruption campaign.
Also, Aseem Trivedi was one of the contestants of the reality TV programme Bigg Boss 6 in 2012.
AAP on Thursday had released its first list of probable candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.