AAP trio en­ters Ra­jya Sabha un­op­posed

Millennium Post - - CITY - SAYANTAN GHOSH

NEW DELHI: The dark clouds with the nom­i­na­tions of the Ra­jya Sabha can­di­dates by the Aam Admi Party fi­nally cleared on Mon­day and the party suc­cess­fully sent three un­op­posed can­di­dates from Delhi to the up­per house of the Par­lia­ment. Busi­ness­man Sushil Gupta, party func­tionary San­jay Singh and char­tered ac­coun­tant ND Gupta –won the elec­tion un­op­posed. The BJP did not have enough MLAS to file any nom­i­na­tion from Delhi.

The AAP faced a row over the se­lec­tion of can­di­dates from the in­side and out­side the party. Party leader Ku­mar Vish­was pub­licly ex­pressed dis­ap­point­ment that he was not picked for a Ra­jya Sabha seat and op­posed the nom­i­na­tion of busi­ness­man Sushil Gupta. On Mon­day evening, the AAP can­di­dates got 'Cer­tifi­cate of Elec­tion' con­firm­ing their elec­tion to the Up­per House. Sushil Gupta dis­played his strength in a road­show with a num­ber of peo­ple car­ry­ing flags with him along with CM'S im­age.

Ear­lier, Delhi Con­gress chief Ajay Maken had on Satur­day sought re­jec­tion of the nom­i­na­tion of ND Gupta for al­legedly hold­ing an of­fice of profit, even as the lat­ter re­jected the charges. In his ob­jec­tion filed with the re­turn­ing of­fi­cer, Maken claimed that Gupta is "cur­rently hold­ing the of­fice of a trustee of the Na­tional Pen­sion Sys­tem Trust. He was ap­pointed on March 30". But the Re­turn­ing Of­fi­cer said Gupta's Chair­man­ship of the Audit Com­mit­tee was not a vi­o­la­tion of the elec­tion code.

"It seems an in­ter­nal ar­range­ment that the Trust had made for its work­ing and not an in­de­pen­dent of­fice of Chair­man. In view of this, the ob­jec­tion on this ac­count was not found valid," Sri­vas­tava said in her order. AAP vet­eran San­jay Singh termed the Con­gress' al­le­ga­tions a "cheap pub­lic­ity stunt".

Fol­low­ing this, Con­gress said that when the Bjp-led cen­tral govern­ment and the AAP were sup­port­ing ND Gupta's can­di­da­ture for the Ra­jya Sabha, then "who will re­ject the nom­i­na­tion". "N D Gupta go­ing to Ra­jya Sabha was a fore­gone con­clu­sion... But, we wanted to high­light how the AAP chose a BJP sup­porter and ap­pointee to this plum Rs 1.74 lakh crore Trust, for Ra­jya Sabha?" Delhi Con­gress Chief Ajay Maken said in a tweet.

PIC/NAVEEN SHARMA

Newly elected Delhi Ra­jya Sabha MPS Sushil Gupta, San­jay Singh and ND Gupta with their cer­tifi­cate dur­ing the press con­fer­ence at party of­fice in New Delhi on Mon­day

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