Mukul Tripathi wants his ticket for the national election to be returned to sender. That would be the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which Mr. Tripathi joined in December last, and which he described, unflatteringly, as running on “jugaad” (innovative but short-term fixes).
Mr. Tripathi, a former journalist, had been asked by AAP to run against union minister Salman Khurshid, who won the Farrukhabad constituency in 2009.
He said today that the party, headed by Arvind Kejriwal, does not have the organization to take on a hefty candidate like Mr. Khurshid.
Sources in AAP retaliated that the party had changed its mind about Mr. Tripathi and dropped him, not the other way around, because he had shown little initiative in campaigning or connecting with local workers.
As India’s largest state, Uttar Pradesh elects 80 members of Parliament. It’s most crackling battle in this election is hosted by Varanasi, where Mr. Kejriwal is running against Narendra Modi, the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate. The Congress has yet to announce who it will place in the Varanasi ring.