Triple test: Kejriwal's AAP brainstorms to find three faces for Rajya Sabha

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Triple test: Kejriwal's AAP brainstorms to find three faces for Rajya Sabha

Sources say that Sanjay Singh has made to cut while hunt is on for 2 more candidates. AAP partymen are against roping in a 'rank outsider'.

Hectic parleys and deliberations are on in AAP as the top leadership is trying to zero in on three faces for its Rajya Sabha nominations this week.

While top party sources confirmed that national spokesperson and former Punjab in-charge Sanjay Singh has made the cut, former CEO and chairman of Royal Bank of Scotland, Meera Sanyal and prominent UP-based poet Imran Pratapgarhi have emerged as top contenders for the other two tickets.

Party supremo Arvind Kejriwal and deputy CM Manish Sisodia, who are on a holiday, will convene a meeting of the political affairs committee by Wednesday and make a formal announcement thereafter.

While the party is strategising for the three seats, its leadership continues to remain divided over fielding 'rank outsiders'.

As AAP reached out to prominent personalities like Raghuram Rajan and Arun Shourie, among others, over the past few weeks, party members have raised questions on sidelining their own leaders.

Several leaders told MAIL TODAY that the debate is on 'if the party should reward and promote its most loyal soldiers or import faces from outside'.

"Will this not demoralise party leaders and workers who have been tirelessly working for the party?" wondered a party source. Sanyal, member of the AAP national executive, has not been actively involved in the party's core decision-making and campaigns.

Large sections of the party have instead pitched for senior leader Ashutosh, who has been a far more prominent and visible face of the party.

Sources said Pratapgarhi, who often takes on PM Modi, is being brought in to offset poet-turned-politician Kumar Vishwas, who has staked claim on a Rajya Sabha seat.

The party needs a minority face, but roping in Pratapgarhi, who is a 'rank outsider', would mean he will stymie AAP's prominent minority leader and Okhla MLA Amanatullah Khan.

However, having Pratapgarhi on board would give the party a new voice that will mount attack on Modi at a time when Kejriwal has refrained from doing so.

Meanwhile, all eyes remain on Vishwas, who claimed to have support from a section of the MLAs