Sources in the party said that it will announce the candidates for few seats in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Bihar and Maharashtra. The first list is likely to include the names of senior party leaders and prominent faces.

"First and second round of screening candidates for a few seats was completed last week. We should hopefully release the list of candidates by January 26. The party may announce potential candidates for a seat and then shortlist one after consulting the active members of the party," said a source.

AAP leaders had at the party’s National Executive Committee meeting early this month announced that the first list of candidates for the Lok Sabha polls would be declared between January 15 and 20 but the ‘tremendous’ response and number of applications that it received delayed the process.

"The deadline to submit the forms by aspirants wanting to contest Lok Sabha seats was January 15. However, we are still receiving forms. We have received maximum forms from Delhi and Haryana. In Delhi alone, the ratio is 65 people to 1 seat," party spokesperson Dilip Pandey said.

The party has so far received 2,600 forms from 200 Lok Sabha constituencies from aspirants willing to contest the elections.


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