Both Marlena and Chadha played important roles in drafting the party’s manifesto for the 2013 Assembly polls, when AAP made a spectacular debut into electoral politics winning 28 (out of 70) seats in the Delhi Assembly.

The party went on to form a minority government with Arvind Kejriwal as Chief Minister on December 28 that year.

Pandey, 37, could fight the polls from North East Delhi, a seat currently represented by Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari.

The North East Delhi constituency has a large number of people from Purvanchal region as registered voters. The party expects to tap them by fielding Pandey, who was born in Uttar Pradesh.

Pandey, AAP’s Delhi unit convenor, enjoys support among party volunteers.

“The party has started looking for candidates for the Lok Sabha polls and names of these three leaders are doing rounds. However, it could be premature to say the party has zeroed on them,” another AAP leader said.

There is a possibility the party may field its MLAs, like it did in 2014. For instance, then social welfare minister in the Delhi government was fielded from the North West seat.

Since its inception, the AAP has twice formed government in Delhi.

In December 2013, it had formed the minority government. But Kejriwal resigned in February 2014 to seek a fresh mandate, after being 45 days in office when he failed to pass the Jan Lokpal Bill due to a lack of numbers in the Assembly.

The party returned to power in February 2015 with an overwhelming majority, winning 67 of the 70 Assembly seats.

That win came after AAP lost all seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi to the BJP in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

Last year, it also lost the municipal corporation polls.

The AAP has been trying to strengthen the organisation since the MCD loss and drubbing in a bypoll on Rajouri Garden seat.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.