Former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan was offered a Rajya Sabha seat by the Aam Aadmi Party in the wake of AAP’s latest decision to not nominate any candidates of its own to the Upper House.
The party will not root any of its own contenders for the three Rajya Sabha seats from Delhi, said one of AAP leaders, on the condition of anonymity.
For AAP, a triumphant win looks positive with a majority of 66.
Raghuram Rajan was chosen for one the seats out of three. The party was in search of a distinguished jurist and a reputed personality from the social service sector, for the other two seats.
"We have approached him, but he is yet to revert to us," the leader added.
Rajan who now is currently with the University of Chicago Booth School of Business as a Katherine Dusak Miller Distinguished Service Professor of Finance, was in no intentions to leave his full-time job at a teacher, according to the NDTV report.
"While Professor Rajan is engaged in a variety of educational activities in India, he has no plans to leave his full-time academic job at the University of Chicago," said a statement issued by Rajan's office.
Rajan went back to teaching last year when Modi government declined an extension for his term. He was vocal about his doubts regarding the note ban that happened exactly a year ago.
AAP’s decision to not root for any of its leaders has also seen an effort to bury the intra-party hatchet. It is quite known that Kumar Vishwas, a leader of AAP who was unhappy about the leadership is speculated to be one of the strong contestants.
However, Vishwas’s friction with CM Arvind Kejriwal could ruin the former’s Rajya Sabha aspirations.
"By not sending anyone from the party to the Rajya Sabha will not lead to a heartburn," the leader added.
Rajya Sabha houses three members from Delhi. Presently, Janardan Dwivedi, Parvez Hashmi, and Karan Singh represent the city-state. Their term would end in January 2018.
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