New Delhi | Atishi Marlena who is supposed to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha election from the East Delhi Parliamentary Constituency on the Aam Aadmi Party’s ticket has reportedly been asked to drop her last name by the party.
As per sources, the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party has asked Atishi to drop her last name in order to tackle BJP, who is portraying Atishi Marlena as a Christain in front of the voters. Sources add that the Delhi based party has agreed that the name was “foreign sounding” and that the party didn’t want to leave anything to chance.
Marlena’s father Vijay Singh, a professor at the Delhi University and a supporter of the communist ideology had chosen to give his daughter the name “Marlena” by combining “Marx” and “Lenin”. When asked about the development AAP leader said: “The BJP started spreading rumours about Atishi even though she is from a Punjabi Rajput family, so the party requested her to remove her surname from all our campaign material.”
Atishi Marelana who was earlier the adviser of Manish Sisodia is known for her work to improve the education system in Delhi district. After party’s order Atishi has changed her Twitter handle from @Atishimarlena to @AtishAAP. Along with the disappearance of her last name on the banner, her name has been changed on all the banners, hoardings and even on the website of AAP.