India AAP Wants Outsiders For Its 3 Rajya Sabha Seats, Raghu Rajan Heads List

11:45  08 november  2017
11:45  08 november  2017 Source:   NDTV

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The Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party ( AAP ) is considering nominating former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan for one of its three Rajya Sabha seats accrued by the party after its win in the Delhi Assembly Election 2015, according to reports.

Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party has been considering giving its three Rajya Sabha seats to outsiders and former governor of Reserve Bank of India, Raghuram Rajan tops the list . According to a report by NDTV, the former boss of RBI might take AAP 's offer.

New Delhi: Former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan is considering an offer to become a member of the Rajya Sabha extended to him by the Aam Aadmi Party, according to sources in Delhi.

On account of its blockbuster victory in the 2015 Delhi election, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's party is entitled to three members in the Upper House whose term will begin in January. Sources in the party said that the Chief Minister is keen on picking professionals and "outsiders" rather than leaders from AAP for all three openings.

  AAP Wants Outsiders For Its 3 Rajya Sabha Seats, Raghu Rajan Heads List © Bloomberg   AAP Wants Outsiders For Its 3 Rajya Sabha Seats, Raghu Rajan Heads List

Mr Rajan, who headed the central bank when Prime Minister Narendra Modi initiated the plan to cancel high-value notes, teaches at the University of Chicago. Despite his interest in a second term as head of the RBI, his tenure was not extended by PM Modi's government.

Senior AAP leader and poet Kumar Vishwas has said that he feels entitled to one of the three Rajya Sabha seats accrued to his party. "I am human, I also have ambition," he said in an interview last month to ndtv.com. He is believed to be vulnerable to crossing over to the BJP, a theory he has denied in the past.

In June this year, he nearly quit Team Kejriwal after a Delhi law-maker from their party accused him of being "an RSS agent" and of attempting a coup to snatch charge of AAP from the Chief Minister.

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