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AAP likely to nominate Harbhajan, Chadha, IIT Delhi prof for Rajya Sabha from Punjab: Report

AAP likely to nominate Harbhajan, Chadha, IIT-Delhi prof for Rajya Sabha from Punjab: Report

AAP likely to nominate Harbhajan, Chadha, IIT-Delhi prof for Rajya Sabha from Punjab: Report
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By CNBCTV18.com Mar 18, 2022 2:05:13 PM IST (Updated)

In 2018, AAP had given one seat to senior party leader Sanjay Singh from Delhi, the remaining two were given to Sushil Gupta and N D Gupta, new entrants in the party, amid backlash from within the party as well as outside.

Former cricketer Harbhajan Singh, senior party leader Raghav Chadha, and IIT-Delhi Associate Professor Sandeep Pathak are likely to get nominations from Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for Rajya Sabha, The Indian Express reported on Friday.

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“These are the three frontrunners for the three seats for now,” a source told the newspaper.
Harbhajan Singh is a youth icon and is a well-known name in the country and the party thinks he is a good pick for the post, the source said.
“Raghav Chadha, meanwhile, has been associated with AAP for several years now and has risen through the ranks.” Chadha was appointed the Punjab in-charge and worked with party workers for the past year.
He is already an MLA from Delhi, but the party believes he can be a valuable addition to the Rajya Sabha, the report said citing the source.
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Several names cropped up in discussions for the selection of candidates in the Upper House, the source said. Party sources also told The Indian Express that Pathak was also among the frontrunners.
In 2018, the party had given one seat to senior party leader Sanjay Singh from Delhi, the remaining two were given to Sushil Gupta and N D Gupta, new entrants in the party, amid backlash from within the party as well as outside.
According to the report, several high-level meetings have been underway in Delhi over the past few days to pick five names for the Upper House.
“Discussions are underway. The party does not have much time left as the last day for filing nominations is Monday. Decisions have to be taken quickly,” a senior party leader said.
The elections to five out of the seven Rajya Sabha seats from Punjab will be held on March 31 and the last day for filing nominations is March 21, the Election Commission announced earlier.
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