Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party on Monday announced the names of its five Rajya Sabha MPs from Punjab. They included former cricketer Harbhajan Singh, AAP’s Punjab in-charge Raghav Chadha, Lovely Professional University Founder Ashok Mittal, IIT professor Sandeep Pathak and Ludhiana-based businessman Sanjeev Arora.
With five more MPs from Punjab, the AAP’s strength in the Upper House of Indian parliament will now rise to eight.
The AAP had won a landslide in the just-concluded Punjab assembly polls, winning 92 out of 117 seats in the state assembly. The Congress’ tally was reduced to just 18.
Cricketer @harbhajan_singh files his nomination as AAP’s Rajya Sabha MP from Punjab.
After making India Proud as a bowling legend, Mr. Turbanator is now going to raise his voice for the people of Punjab in Parliament ???????? pic.twitter.com/nqPmfzw6f7
— AAP (@AamAadmiParty) March 21, 2022
Reacting to his Rajya Sabha nomination, Harbhajan Singh said that his priority will be to raise sports-related issues in the parliament.
Just before the assembly polls, former Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu had triggered speculations on whether Harbhajan was set to join the party. Sharing a photo of himself with Harbhajan, the cricketer-turned-politician had tweeted, “Picture loaded with possibilities …. With Bhajji the shining star.”