Arvind Kejriwal to send this farmers’ leader to Rajya Sabha? Delhi CM’s meeting triggers speculations


Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is reportedly planning to send a new person to Rajya Sabha from two seats that will fall vacant from Delhi in 2024. Speculations became rife after Kejriwal met farmers’ leader Rakesh Tikait in Chandigarh on Sunday. Also present were Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao.

Tikait wrote on Twitter, “Today in Chandigarh, the Chief Minister of three states, K Chandrashekhar Rao ji, Arvind Kejriwal ji, Bhagwant Mann ji and officials of the states were present in the programme where an amount of three lakh rupees were given to the martyr farmer families. thanks @TelanganaCMO @CMOPb @ArvindKejriwal.”

Soon Twitter exploded with speculations that Kejriwal was planning to send Tikait to the Rajya Sabha from one of the two seats in Delhi.

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Here’s how they reacted;

Kejriwal had sent Sanjay Singh, Sushil Gupta and ND Gupta to the Upper House of the Indian parliament in 2018. The term of the Rajya Sabha member is for six years. Tikait had led the farmers’ movement against the three Farm Laws, forcing the Centre’s Narendra Modi government to repeal them just before the assembly polls in five states including Uttar Pradesh and Punjab.

Tikait had defended Kejriwal after Kumar Vishwas accused the AAP chief of having links with Khalistani separatists. “He (Kejriwal) does not look like that. There was a rift over the Rajya Sabha seat. If Rajya Sabha was given, it would have been fine. Rajya Sabha was not given, allegations have been made,” Tikait had told ANI.