Balbir Singh Seechewal, Vikramjit Singh Sahney are AAP nominees for Rajya Sabha polls : The Tribune India

Tribune Information Service

Ruchika M. Khanna 

Chandigarh, Could 28

Aam Aadmi Occasion has selected eminent environmentalist Balbir Singh Seechewal and industrialist and philanthropist Vikramjit Singh Sahney because the get together nominees for Rajya Sabha. 

The duo is predicted to file their nominations on Monday. Each the candidates are eminent individuals, having earlier obtained Padma Shri from the Authorities of India.

Their election to Rajya Sabha is kind of sure, because the Opposition events even collectively don’t have the required numbers within the Punjab Vidhan Sabha to push for their very own candidates. The outcomes of the election are to be declared on June 10. 

With the election of the 2 candidates being fielded now by AAP for RS membership, the get together’s power within the Higher Home will probably be 10. It might be talked about that after nearly seven many years, the Congress can have no RS nominee from the state, and SAD can have no nominee within the Higher Home for first time in 22 years. 

The time period of Rajya Sabha members from Punjab Ambika Soni (Congress) and Balwinder Singh Bhunder (Shiromani Akali Dal) is because of expire on July 4.

It might be talked about that AAP had drawn the Opposition ire through the elections for 5 Rajya Sabha seats in March this yr, because the get together was accused by them for sending “non-Punjabis to Rajya Sabha” to characterize the state. The get together had then despatched its Punjab affairs in cost Raghav Chadha, its ballot strategist Sandeep Pathak, cricketer Harbhajan Singh and industrialists Ashok Mittal and Sanjeev ‘Sunny’ Arora to the Rajya Sabha. 

This time, the get together excessive command, has chosen environmentalist Seechewal and industrialist Sahney as nominees to the Higher Home. Although the latter doesn’t stay in Punjab, his contribution to selling Punjab and its tradition is unquestionable. He’s the president of World Punjabi Organisation that works in 22 international locations to advertise Punjab, its tradition and heritage. 

Apparently, the Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann was in village Seechewal yesterday, the place he lastly managed to persuade Balbir Singh Seechewal to be the get together’s RS nominee. 

In regards to the nominees 

Balbir Singh Seechewal is a famend environmental activist and social employee. He was awarded the Padma Shri for rejuvenating the 160km Kali Bein – a tributary of the Sutlej and Beas rivers. He has additionally constructed faculties and faculties for the underprivileged somewhere else in Punjab. He has obtained the SAARC Environmental award and likewise been felicitated by the Dalai Lama.

Referred to as ‘Eco Baba’, he was hailed as one of many High 30 Heroes of the Surroundings on this planet by Time journal. His work was endorsed by late President APJ Abdul Kalam, who had twice visited him at his village Seechewal. 

Vikramjeet Singh Sahney is an entrepreneur, educationist, and philanthropist. He’s the worldwide president of World Punjabi Organisation.

Lately, he helped evacuate over 500 Afghan Hindus and Sikhs by sending three chartered flights and helped of their rehabilitation in India. His social service through the peak of the Covid pandemic was broadly appreciated. SGPC has additionally conferred the Anmol Sikh Rattan Award on him for his exemplary providers.

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