The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) may have made its maiden entry into the Rajya Sabha (RS) with the unopposed election of its three nominated candidates on Tuesday, but party’s Punjab unit has expressed its disappointment with the AAP leadership over the decision to send, Sanjay Singh, Narain Dass Gupta and Sushil Gupta to the Upper House.
While Singh has been associated with the party since its inception, Sushil Gupta is a Delhi-based businessman and ND Gupta a chartered accountant.
In a letter written to the Punjab AAP’s newly appointed in-charge, Manish Sisodia, AAP legislator and former senior journalist KanwarSandhu has questioned the rational behind the nomination of all three candidates for the Rajya Sabha.
In this letter written on 7 January, Sandhu said about half a dozen of Punjab AAP legislators are disappointed at the nominations. He said the same goes for majority of the volunteers and non-resident Indians (NRIs) from Punjab.
He said most of Punjab NRIs are critical of the nominations of Sushil Gupta and ND Gupta as they feel these seats should have gone to AAP’s own senior leaders who have been leading the party.
Sandhu said Punjab NRIs are also unhappy with the nomination of former state unit’s in-charge Sanjay Singh as the party lost the state Assembly elections under his command.
He said Punjab NRIs feel that if Singh was nominated because of his work, party leaders like Kumar Visvas and Ashutosh should not have been ignored.
Sandhu reminded the party that NRIs had provided AAP crucial support in Punjab Assembly elections.He also drew the attention towards the criticism in media over the RS nominations of outsiders at the cost of senior party leaders.
Sandhu said while all editorials in newspapers have been highly critical AAP on the issue, party’s spokespersons have been finding it difficult to defend the decision on TV news channels. He said AAP appears to be increasingly losing out in the game of perception.