Former RBI Gov Raghuram Rajan Not Interested In AAP Rajya Sabha Nomination

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has reportedly chose to nominate former Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor Raghuram Rajan to the Rajya Sabha.

Chief Minister Kejriwal has reportedly decided only to introduce professionals and outstanding achievers who are not members of his party to the three vacancies.

AAP leader Ashish Khetan confirmed that Mr Kejriwal's is looking forward to bring Raghuram Rajan in Rajya Sabha under AAP banner.

Mr Rajan is now a professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

A statement issued by Rajan's office at the University of Chicago, USA, where he is now engaged in an academic role, must have thus come as a ray of hope for Kumar Vishwas, even if it upset Kejriwal's plans.

A former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Rajan, is the first Governor since 1992 to not have got a five-year term. The straight-talking central banker didn't mince his words, calling out crony capitalists, bankers, and the government.

Sometime back, when his name was hot for the RBI Governor' seat, there was a controversy over Rajan's nationality. In June this year, he almost quit Team Kejriwal after a Delhi law-maker from their party accused him of being "an RSS agent" and of attempting a coup to snatch charge of AAP from the Chief Minister. With a majority of 66 seats in an Assembly of 70, the party would easily win all the contesting seats.

The Rajya Sabha seat has many contenders.

Rajan was also one of the six economists to make it to the Clarivate Analytics' list of possible winners for the Nobel Prize in economics for 2017.

"By not sending anyone from the party to the Rajya Sabha will not lead to a heartburn", the leader added.

They are: Janardan Dwivedi, Parvez Hashmi and Karan Singh.