New Delhi: Former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan is likely to be nominated for the Rajya Sabha by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). Party might not nominate its own leaders to the Upper House to set an example of non-political personalities sent to Parliament by a political party.
Sources in the party said that four to five prominent personalities from various fields have been approached for the Rajya Sabha membership, Rajan is one of them. AAP with its brute majority of 66 in the Delhi Legislative Assembly, a victory looks certain.
Rajan was not given an extension by the Modi government last year and returned to academics. He currently teaches at the University of Chicago. In the past, he has aired his reservations about the note ban.
Sources in the AAP have added that most personalities approached by the party have asked to keep their names confidential till they confirm their willingness to go to the Rajya Sabha.
Senior party leader Kumar Vishwas had also openly expressed his desire to join the Upper House, but has been apparently snubbed.
Delhi sends three members to Rajya Sabha. Currently, the city-state is being represented by Janardan Dwivedi, Parvez Hashmi, Karan Singh, whose terms end in January next year.