The party had already nominated Sanjay Singh, who is a member of the Political Affairs Committee of AAP. I and a huge number of my supporters feel that I should go the the Rajya Sabha where I will be an articulate voice against the BJP and the Congress. The senior party leader also issued a veiled threat to Kejriwal, saying: "I have been a part of the AAP movement and I have just one request - you have sacrificed me but please don't prod me further", indicating that any attacks against him by the AAP leadership could lead him into making disclosures that would embarrass Kejriwal.
Senior party leader Kumar Vishwas, who has reportedly been at odds with the AAP central leadership for some time now, was earlier considered to be one of the strongest contenders.
Gandhi accused the party leadership of corruption and said there was no difference between AAP and BSP.
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.
Meanwhile, AAP leader Kumar Vishwas, whose relationship with the party has been under considerable strain, has expressed his anguish for not nominating him for the Rajya Sabha.
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"Narayan is the former president of the ICAI (Institute of Chartered Accountant of India)", Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia told reporters.
"I want to congratulate (Kejriwal) that I have accepted my martyrdom", Vishwas said.
But, the party this time made a decision to select candidates from the field of law, economics and social work.
The three seats will fall vacant as the terms of Karan Singh, Janardhan Dwivedi and Parvez Hashmi will end on January 27. "Never thought they would get Rajya Sabha nominations", the MLA added.
The AAP leader alleged that around one-and-a-half years ago Kejriwal had, in a party's national executive meeting, said with a smile, "We will finish you, but we will not let you be a martyr".
The AAP, which enjoys a brute majority of 66 seats in the 70 -member Delhi Assembly, is all set to win all the three seats. Friday is the last day for filing nominations for elections slated for January 16.