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Sanjay Singh leads race for AAP’s Rajya Sabha nominee

The Rajya Sabha polls will be held on January 16, and the last date for making nominations is January 5.

Written by Aniruddha Ghosal | New Delhi | Updated: December 31, 2017 6:02 am
Sanjay Sharma, AAP, Rajya Sabha polls, Kumar Vishwas, Aam Aadmi Party, Rajya Sabha nominations, Indian Express Apart from being the national spokesperson, the spokesperson for the party’s PAC and the National Executive, Singh is also AAP’s in-charge for political affairs in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

AAP national spokesperson Sanjay Singh is the frontrunner as the party’s nominee for the upcoming Rajya Sabha polls in Delhi next month, it is learnt. AAP is supposed to nominate three people to the Rajya Sabha, and party sources said a final decision will be taken at the meeting of the Political Affairs Committee (PAC), the party’s highest decision-making body. The meeting is likely only after January 2, when party chief Arvind Kejriwal returns from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

The Rajya Sabha polls will be held on January 16, and the last date for making nominations is January 5. With a majority of 67 MLAs in the 70-member Assembly, AAP should have no problem winning the three seats. While AAP leaders, including Singh, did not comment on the possibility of his nomination, a source said, “Discussions are going on, but Singh is definitely a frontrunner. He has been asked by the party to make preparations. A final decision will be taken by the PAC, along with the decision on the two other seats.”

The developments come against the backdrop of a rift in the party, and AAP leader Kumar Vishwas making his desire for candidature to the Rajya Sabha clear. In May, Delhi MLA Amanatullah Khan had called Vishwas an “RSS agent”, and Vishwas had threatened to quit. At the time, the AAP was still reeling under losses in the MCD and Punjab assembly polls, and there were fears of the party “breaking up”.

While Vishwas was assuaged, he continued to make repeated references to a “conspiracy” to stop his ascent to the Rajya Sabha. Recently, when his supporters took over the party’s Delhi office during a protest, AAP termed it a “BJP-sponsored invasion”.

Apart from being the national spokesperson, the spokesperson for the party’s PAC and the National Executive, Singh is also AAP’s in-charge for political affairs in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. A senior party leader said, “He has been involved with the party since its inception in 2012. Others in the party have come from varied fields, some left their jobs and others were activists. But Singh has always been a street fighter with a very political mind.”

A mechanical engineer by profession, he was a member of Anna Hazare’s team and spoke on behalf of it during India Against Corruption movement. Before that, he was a political activist, working on issues related to labour and corruption, particularly in Uttar Pradesh.

Singh was the Punjab in-charge ahead of the 2017 assembly polls in the state. Although the party lost, a senior AAP leader said, “The party’s central leadership never doubted his abilities. AAP ended up becoming the main opposition after all.”

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  1. Sheik Mohamed
    Dec 31, 2017 at 11:52 am
    Why too much late to announce other candidates for RS by AAP?
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    1. Eknath Meshram
      Dec 31, 2017 at 9:56 am
      IF MR. KEJRIWAL WANTS TO SPREAD AAP THROUGHOUT INDIA WITH HIS EDUCATION, HEALTH AND ANTI-CORRUPTION MODEL, HE HIMSELF MUST ENTER IN RAJYA SABHA LEAVING THE CHIEF MINISTERSHIP WITH MANISH SISODIYA. MR KEJRIWAL WILL BE THEN FREE TO TRAVEL THROUGHOUT INDIA TO FIND OUT GENUINE LIEUTENANTS THROUGHOUT INDIA TO BUILD THE PARTY WITH RELIABLE AND FAITHFUL PERSONS. FINDING RELIABLE FAITHFUL AND COMPETENT PERSONS IS VERY DIFFICULT. IN DELHI, AAP IS POWERLESS GOVT. AAP CANNOT ENFORCE IT'S MODEL IN DELHI, HENCE MUST NOT RISTRICT AAP IN DELHI ONLY. AAP CANNOT BE SPREAD THROUGHOUT INDIA WITHIN A DAY. MR KEJRIWAL WILL HAVE TO MAKE A SOLID FOUNDATION OF ANTI-CORRUPTION MODEL. OTHERWISE IT WILL COLLAPSE IN FUTURE.
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      1. Madan Gupta
        Dec 31, 2017 at 6:22 am
        Kumar is an intelligent person must get a chance for R S, how the people of AAP can even consider the names of Sharad Yadav and Yashwant Sinha who have been shown the door by their respective political parties. Those people are for the chair and not for the party.
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        1. Suresh Nayan
          Dec 31, 2017 at 8:04 am
          what kind of intelligence, and for whom. What will i do with his brain, when the only thing he has been doing commemorating birth dates and punya thithees on his page. AAp should not repeat the same mistake, je is good where he belongs... koi diwaana kehta hai...., nothing more than that
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