Arvind Kejriwal to Quit Delhi CM Post For Rajya Sabha Seat?

New Delhi, Dec 30: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal‘s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is caught in a dilemma over who should be given the tickets to Rajya Sabha seats. Amid such dilemmas came speculations that with people rejecting offers for their nominations to the upper house of parliament and the deadline approaching, the Delhi CM would be nominated for a Rajya Sabha seat. The party, however, said that final call will be taken by the Political Affairs Committee (PAC). Sources have revealed that while the party has considered AAP leaders Ashutosh and Sanjay Singh for two seats, Arvind Kejriwalhimself could take the third ticket.

Recently, the former Chief Justice of India TS Thakur turned down the party’s offer of the three Rajya Sabha seats. Kejriwal had also met the former CJI and requested him to agree to contest the elections. “While CJI Thakur heard our leaders, he turned down the offer very politely. He didn’t seem interested in electoral politics. We approached him because of his stature and impeccable credentials, both as a lawyer and Judge,” a senior AAP leader was quoted as saying by DNA.


Although there are several leaders who are hoping for a Rajya Sabha ticket, the party, according to the reports, is trying to bring in more popular faces. However, reports have it that not just former CJI but former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan, former Union ministers Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie, Infosys founder Narayanmurthy, Nobel Prize winner activist Kailash Satyarthi too have also turned down the party’s offer to contest the elections on AAP tickets.

A group of Kumar Vishwas‘ supporters on Thursday engaged in a face-off with the party and refused to leave until they get an assurance that Vishwas would be given a Rajya Sabha ticket. Drawing a parallel between him and Abhimanyu, who was surrounded and slain by his enemies in the war of Mahabharata, the AAP leader said, “My sincere appeal to @AamAadmiParty volunteers gathering at party office, Pl refer to my Nov 26 appeal, Country first, Party next and Person last…I won’t appreciate any unrest in my name. Abhimanyu is a winner, even if killed (sic).”

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