Sushil Gupta will help accomplish mission Haryana, says AAP

Manish Sisodia

Manish Sisodia

Sushil Gupta, a former Congress member, resigned from the party as he was offered a Rajya Sabha seat, claimed senior Congress leader Ajay Maken.

Sisodia said Kejriwal wanted to nominate people who have contributed in the field of media, economics, law and academics and thus "18 such big names were considered".

The decision was announced after a meeting of the political affairs committee (PAC), the party's highest decision-making body, called by AAP's national convener and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.

Disgruntled leader Kumar Vishwas, who was angling for an RS slot, did not attend the PAC meeting.

"I know that without your (Kejriwal's) consent, nothing happens in our group and it is hard to survive here while disagreeing with you. They couldn't have been more blatant about their shady dealings", Mr Vishwas said. However, apparently due to his present equation with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, he was not considered for the Upper House.

A PTI report quoted an AAP functionary as saying that there were several capable leaders like Ashutosh, Atishi Marlena, Pankaj Gupta, Meera Sanyal, Ashish Khetan even Raghav Chadha in the party.

Though many party leaders chose to remain tight-lipped about the selection until the announcement, questions on the choice are being raised from within the party and outside. The party chose Sushil Gupta who is agriculturist and social activist.

The AAP had a year ago approached former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan in this regard but he declined the offer. "Never thought they would get Rajya Sabha nominations", the MLA added.

The three seats will fall vacant as the terms of Karan Singh, Janardhan Dwivedi and Parvez Hashmi will end on January 27.

"N.D. Gupta has a reputation in the CA fraternity and I have worked with him in the past", said Jagannadham Thunuguntla, head of research, Karvy Stock Broking. "Now I don't know". The AAP, which enjoys a brute majority in the 70-member Delhi Assembly, is set to win all three seats.

Predictable as it was, Kumar Vishwas - the poet-turned-politician and founding member of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) - was, on Wednesday (January 3), snubbed by his party in his quest for being fielded as its candidate for the upcoming biennial election for a Rajya Sabha seat from Delhi.

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