AAP split over Ke­jri plan to send ‘out­siders’ in RS

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Nation - Jatin Gandhi let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) lead­er­ship is largely di­vided over na­tional con­venor Arvind Ke­jri­wal’s pro­posal to field prominent out­siders in the up­com­ing Ra­jya Sabha polls.

“We are yet to take a fi­nal call on the pro­posal,” said se­nior leader Gopal Rai.

Rai, the Delhi and Gu­jarat in-charge of AAP, said the party is still dis­cussing the mer­its of such a move. While one set of lead­ers wants the ear­li­est mem­bers of the fledg­ling party to be “re­warded”, the other backs the Delhi chief min­is­ter’s view that po­lit­i­cally non-aligned achiev­ers and public fig­ures should be sent to Par­lia­ment in­stead.

“The Ra­jya Sabha was not cre­ated for po­lit­i­cal peo­ple. One view within the party is to ex­pand AAP and fill it with good peo­ple. The party’s de­sire is na­tional,” Rai told re­porters. The party’s top de­ci­sion-mak­ing body – the po­lit­i­cal af­fairs com­mit­tee – has not even held a meet­ing on the mat­ter, he added.

An­other leader said AAP is look­ing for an econ­o­mist, an em­i­nent ju­rist and a known name in


the field of so­cial ser­vice to rep­re­sent the party in the up­per house.

The pro­posal is likely to be dis­cussed after the party’s fifth foun­da­tion day cel­e­bra­tions on Novem­ber 26.

The party had re­port­edly ap­proached for­mer Re­serve Bank of In­dia gov­er­nor Raghu­ram Ra­jan last week to rep­re­sent AAP in the Ra­jya Sabha. How­ever, Ra­jan’s of­fice re­sponded that he was not in­clined to leave aca­demics for the pur­pose.

AAP, which holds a bru­tal ma­jor­ity in the 70-mem­ber Delhi Vid­han Sabha, is slated to win all three seats when elec­tions are held in Jan­uary.

Ra­jya Sabha mem­bers are elected by leg­is­la­tors of the states they rep­re­sent.

The ten­ure of the three in­cum­bent Ra­jya Sabha mem­bers from Delhi ends on Jan­uary 28, 2018.


AAP, with a ma­jor­ity in 70­mem­ber Delhi Vid­han Sabha, is slated to win all three seats when elec­tions are held in Jan­uary.

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