New Delhi: AAP has chosen its nominees for the Rajya Sabha or the upper house of parliament from Punjab. They have chosen ex-cricketer Harbhajan Singh, IIT professor Sandeep Pathak, educationist Ashok Kumar Mittal, and Delhi MLA Raghav Chadha, as their nominees.
On April 9, five Rajya Sabha seats will fall vacant, and the names have to be submitted today for elections on March 31.
AAP won 92 of Punjab’s 117 assembly seats. AAP’s strength at the RS is set to increase from three to eight, after the upcoming RS elections.
Before the elections, Harbhajan Singh had met with former Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu which created assumptions of him making a debut in politics as a Congress leader. But he had denied the news.
Sandeep Pathak, a professor of Physics at the premier IIT (Indian Institute of Technology), is seen to be instrumental in AAP’s rise and victory in Punjab. He is a close aide of AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal and Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann.
Sources say Professor Pathak stayed in Punjab for three years for election preparations and for building AAP’s organization at the booth level.
AAP’s Raghav Chadha is MLA at Delhi Assembly. He is Co-Incharge of AAP in Punjab and played an active role in the assembly elections.
Ashok Kumar Mittal is the founder of Lovely Professional University and is described by the party as a renowned academician and social activist.
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