Former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan declines AAP’s Rajya Sabha seat offer

New Delhi: The Aam Admi Party (AAP) has approached former Reserve Bank governor Raghuram Rajan offering him a Rajya Sabha seat and might not nominate its own leaders to the Upper House.

An AAP leader, who did not wish to be identified told the media that the party will not field any of its leaders for the three Rajya Sabha seats from Delhi that will fall vacant early next year.

With its brute majority of 66 in the Delhi Legislative Assembly, a victory looks certain.

Apart from Rajan, the party is also looking for an eminent jurist and a known person from the field of social service for the other two seats, the leader said.

“We have approached him, but he is yet to revert to us,” the leader added.

According to an NDTV report, Rajan, who is now the Katherine Dusak Miller Distinguished Service Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, has said that he has no plans to leave his full-time academic job at the university. “While Professor Rajan is engaged in a variety of educational activities in India, he has no plans to leave his full-time academic job at the University of Chicago,” said a statement issued by Rajan’s office.

Rajan was not given an extension by the Modi government last year and returned to academics. In the past, he has aired his reservations about the note ban.



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