AAP selects DCW chief Swati Maliwal for Rajya Sabha, renominates Sanjay Singh

| Updated: 05 January, 2024 2:52 pm IST

NEW DELHI: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has announced its lineup for the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections in Delhi, set to take place on January 19, after finalising its nominations during the meeting of the Political Affairs Committee on Friday.

Under the leadership of AAP National Convener Arvind Kejriwal, the committee declared the re-nomination of two incumbent members- Sanjay Singh, who is in jail in the liquor policy scam, and N D Gupta- while acknowledging Rajya Sabha MP Sushil Kumar Gupta’s decision to shift his focus towards electoral politics in Haryana.

Expressing support for Gupta’s decision, a senior AAP leader stated, “Sushil Kumar Gupta has expressed his desire to actively participate in Haryana’s dynamic electoral landscape, and we respect his choice to pursue this direction.”

The party has recommended the names of Sanjay Singh and N D Gupta for their second term as Rajya Sabha MPs. While Singh is in jail, Rouse Avenue Court has granted permission to AAP leader Sanjay Singh to fill the nomination papers for the Rajya Sabha.

AAP has also proposed Swati Maliwal as a candidate. Maliwal, the present Chairperson of the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW), has a history of engagement in social causes, particularly advocating for women’s rights.

Commencing her activism journey at a young age, Maliwal has championed numerous campaigns targeting issues like violence against women, advocating for stringent laws, and advancing gender equality.

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Her tenure at the helm of the DCW since 2015 has witnessed her spearheading initiatives combating various challenges faced by women in Delhi, including acid attacks, sexual harassment, and ensuring overall safety.

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