Speechless, ashamed & numb: Yogendra on AAP RS nominees

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Vishwas was speaking minutes after the Aam Aadmi Party announced it was sending Sanjay Singh, CA ND Gupta and businessman Sushil Gupta to the Rajya Sabha.

Three Rajya Sabha seats from Delhi will fall vacant by the end of this month when the tenure of Congress members Janardhan Dwivedi, Parvez Hashmi and Karan Singh end.

Former AAP leader Yogendra Yadav also criticised Arvind Kejriwal over the party's decision to field Sushil Gupta.

Vishwas, who is a national executive and key member of AAP did not attend the PAC (Political Affairs Committee) meeting. The MLAs who were consulted over the nominations did not express any disagreement and preferred not to speak about it to the media.

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While Mr Singh has been associated with the party since its inception, Sushil Gupta is a Delhi-based businessman and N.D. Gupta a chartered accountant.

However, this only seemed to have irked Kejriwal further who had last week - in a clear dig at Vishwas - released a 27 second video of an interview he had once given to a television news channel.

Vishwas, of course, failed to take the hint. The supporters of AAP's rebellious leader Kumar Vishwas have earlier staged a protest to choose him as party representative but the leaders decided otherwise. Citing a tweet from social activist Mayank Gandhi, a former national executive member of AAP, Yadav tweeted: "I used to say, whatever his other faults @ArvindKejriwal can not be bought". The AAP, which has 66 seats in the 70-member Assembly, is set to win all the three. The AAP's popular campaigner singled out party convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for his attack, accusing him of "shady dealings". The last date for the withdrawal of candidature for the elections is January 8. Maken also posted on Twitter the resignation letter tendered by Sushil Gupta. His son, Navin Gupta, is also a CA and now the vice-president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI).

The announcement has once again revived talk of a rift in the party with a war of words breaking out between founding member Kumar Vishwas and senior leaders.