The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Wednesday nominated members for three Rajya Sabha seats, making them the first non-Bharatiya Janata Party, non-Congress members to be nominated to the upper house from the national capital.
Meanwhile, AAP leader Kumar Vishwas, whose relationship with the party has been under considerable strain, has expressed his anguish for not nominating him for the Rajya Sabha.
Delhi's Deputy CM Manish Sisodia confirmed the names through an official announcement. AAP Delhi convenor Gopal Rai took up to Facebook Live to justify the party's decision of electing the two outsiders - Narain Dass Gupta and Sushil Gupta - as its candidates for Rajya Sabha seats which triggered criticism from opposition parties.
The decision on their candidature has come after much parleys and discussions within the party. Arvind (Kejriwal) felt that someone from outside be sent. "It is impossible for anyone to survive in the party by speaking against you", he added.
Former party leaders like Yogendra Yadav, Mayank Gandhi and Kapil Mishra, among others, alleged that AAP sold the Rajya Sabha tickets.
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As per the reports, the party does not plan to field any of its leaders for the three seats in Delhi which got vacant in January.
Those approached included former RBI chief Raghuram Rajan, ex-BJP minister Arun Shourie and former CJI T.S. Thakur. "I will never compromise on any stand in this video, even if more sacrifices are needed in future, because it's not just me, it's We, The Nation!" "Now I don't know what to say".
Senior party leader Kumar Vishwas, who has reportedly been at odds with the AAP central leadership for some time now, was earlier considered to be one of the strongest contenders.
Polls for the three seats will be held on 16 January while the last day for filing nominations is 5 January.
The party had earlier made a decision to field prominent academicians, economists and lawyers instead of party members for the three seats.