AAP candidates Sanjay, 2 others elected unopposed to RS


The elections for three Rajya Sabha members from Delhi are scheduled on January 16 as terms of the incumbent members, Dr Karan Singh, Janardan Dwivedi and Parvez Hashmi - all from Congress - expire on January 27.

"When both AAP and BJP - the state and central government are supporting - who will reject the nomination?" he asked soon after Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) Rajya Sabha candidate N.D. Gupta's candidature was approved, quashing the Congress' complaints.

On Monday evening, the AAP candidates got "Certificate of Election" confirming their election to the Upper House.

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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. The nominations of the other two candidates fielded by AAP - Sanjay Singh and Sushil Gupta - were approved on Saturday.

The Opposition parties did not nominate any candidate for the seat as AAP enjoys a brute majority in the 70-member Delhi Assembly.

Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken had on Saturday sought rejection of the nomination of ND Gupta for allegedly holding an office of profit, even as the latter rejected the charges.

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The Congress first stated that he was appointed a trustee of the National Pension Scheme trust on March 30, 2015.

"It seems an internal arrangement of the trust had made for its working and not an independent office of chairman".

Maken also alleged that Gupta held the office of the chairman of the Audit Committee of the National Pension System Trust.

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The AAP earlier countered the allegation, claiming that Maken was trying to gain cheap publicity through frivolous objections as the law did not forbid trustees from contesting. The meeting, which was held at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's residence, was attended by 56 party MLAs.