New Delhi, Jan 1: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is likely to announce its nominees for Rajya Sabha elections on January 3. The Arvind Kejriwal led party is considering two people from outside the party and is unlikely to send Kumar Vishwas to the upper house of Parliament. For the third seat, it has finalised the name of senior party functionary Sanjay Singh, reports suggested.
The AAP is considering a city-based businessman, a top-rated chartered accountant, a popular lawyer and a former banker for the three Rajya Sabha seats in Delhi, said a Times of India report. AAP spokesperson Ashutosh, earlier considered a frontrunner, seems out of the race now. Elections for the three Rajya Sabha seats would be held on January 16.
AAP MLA from Chandni Chowk has sought a woman nominee and backed former banker Meera Sanyal. “She (Sanyal) is a former banker and an expert on economy, which my party and the country need the most in the Rajya Sabha,” she tweeted. She also said that Ashutosh was among the most probable nominees, the contention which was dismissed by a party source.
On Kumar Vishwas’ nomination, a party source said that no consensus had been reached on Vishwas as there is a trust deficit. However, all agreed to send Sanjay Singh to Rajya Sabha. A social-activist-turned-politician, Singh is known to be close to the CM Arvind Kejriwal and played a key role in the party’s victory in the 2013 assembly elections in Delhi.
AAP functionaries were extremely tightlipped on the matter. The party had reportedly approached former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan for Rajya Sabha nomination. However, Rajan turned down the offer. The AAP is entitled to all three Rajya Sabha seats from Delhi after it’s landslide victory in Delhi Assembly elections in 2015. The process for filing nominations would begin tomorrow and the last date is January 5.