Rajmohan Gandhi, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, has joined the Aam Admi Party (AAP) amid speculations that he could be contesting the upcoming general elections.

"The party is vehemently opposed to corruption and this is what I liked in it," Gandhi, the son of Mahatma's youngest son, Devadas, was quoted as saying by the media on Friday.

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"If a common man joins and also becomes a part of politics, then this is a welcoming step," he said.

Gandhi,78, is a leading academic and had contested once against former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.

Parliamentary elections are due in India by May and the AAP, which made a stunning electoral debut in Delhi in December, has announced plans to contest in more than 300 seats. The party, born out of an anti-corruption movement that swept the nation two years ago, is laying special emphasis on fielding candidates with an untainted record.

AAP has already announced the first list of its candidates, and it includes social activist Medha Patkar and former banker Meera Sanyal.



Source: Aljazeera