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Aam Aadmi Party yet to decide on Rajyasabha nominations

NEW DELHI: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is still exploring whether to nominate its leaders or eminent people from various walks of life in the Rajya Sabha election from Delhi early next year, senior leader Gopal Rai said.

AAP sources said that the process of consultations is still on and no final decision has been taken.

The process of filing nominations for three seats, which are at present with the Congress, will start on Saturday.

Mr Rai said the party was “yet to take a final call” on its nominees.

Party leaders Ashutosh and Sanjay Singh emerging as the possible choices.

Kumar Vishwas is considered to be a strong contender for a Rajya Sabha berth, but looking at his rocky relationship with the leadership at the moment, his nomination looks unlikely.

The party approached former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan to be its candidate, but he is believed to have declined the offer.

An AAP leader, requesting anonymity, said last week that the party was looking for an economist, an eminent jurist and a known name in the field of social service to represent the party in the Rajya Sabha.

This was also being done to put to end to the rancor within the party over the Rajya Sabha nominations.

The AAP has 66 members in the 70-member Delhi Assembly and its victory on all three seats looks certain.

The tenure of the current members Janardan Dwivedi, Parvez Hashmi and Karan Singh of the Congress will end on 27 January 2018.

Talking to reporters at an informal briefing on Friday, Mr Rai said the party was exploring all possibilities.

Asked whether anyone has made their ambition clear for the Rajya Sabha seats, Mr Rai, in a dig at Kumar Vishwas, said, “There aren’t many insecure people in the party.”