Three AAP candidates elected to Rajya Sabha

Narain Dass Gupta. File

Narain Dass Gupta. File  

AAP Rajya Sabha candidate Narain Dass Gupta’s nomination accepted

Three candidates nominated by the Aam Aadmi Party — Sanjay Singh, Narain Dass Gupta and Sushil Gupta — were on Monday elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha, marking the party’s entry into the Upper House.

With the tenure of the existing MPs ending at the end of the month, the three Rajya Sabha seats of Delhi would be filled by Mr. Singh, a founding member of the AAP, Mr. N.D. Gupta, who has been the party’s CA for the past two years, and Mr. Sushil Gupta, a businessman who quit the Congress to join the AAP.

While Mr. Singh and Mr. Sushil Gupta’s nominations were accepted on January 6, Mr. N.D. Gupta’s nomination had been put on hold till Monday morning after objections were raised.

Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken had filed an objection, saying that Mr. N.D. Gupta held an office of profit that disqualified him from being an MP. Mr. N.D. Gupta had been a trustee of National Pension System Trust, though he resigned from the post on December 29, 2017.

Mr. N.D. Gupta said that he was confident that the complaint would be quashed because of provision for the exemption of trusts.

The nomination of Mr. Gupta was on Monday accepted by the Returning Officer (RO), after having been put on hold on January 6 over an office of profit charge.

“Nomination of AAP’s RS candidate Shri ND Gupta accepted. Congress’s frivolous complaint dismissed. Cheap publicity stunt based on unsound legal advice,” tweeted AAP leader Raghav Chadha.

A Delhi Congress leader confirmed that the party’s challenge had not been accepted and the nomination was cleared.

Mr. Maken tweeted, "N.D.Gupta going to Rajya Sabha was a foregone conclusion."


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