Among the six nominations to Rajya Sabha, that of Harvard-educated economist and anti-corruption crusader Subramanian Swamy was the trickiest. Till the last moment, there was suspense about his entry into the Upper House.
Other nominees to Rajya Sabha are former National Advisory Council member Narendra Jadhav, boxing star M.C. Mary Kom, Malayali actor and BJP’s campaigner Suresh Gopi, former BJP MP and cricket commentator Navjot Singh Sidhu, and journalist Swapan Dasgupta.
There is one more vacancy from the nominated category in Rajya Sabha. Journalist Rajat Sharma, film script writer Salim Khan, and actor Anupam Kher are frontrunners for the slot. The government is still pondering over the choice.
The choice of Swamy, however, was neither easy to make nor to execute. According to sources, a Union Minister, who enjoys good ties with the Congress top brass, tried his best to torpedo the case of fiery anti-graft crusader’s who is also prosecuting Sonia and Rahul Gandhi in the National Herald case.
It may be recalled that the Minister had earlier ensured that Swamy did not get Lok Sabha ticket from New Delhi on the grounds that there should be a Punjabi candidate from the national Capital. So, lawyer Meenakshi Lekhi was made the BJP candidate from the constituency.
The Minister later also succeeded in preventing Swamy’s entry into the Union Cabinet. In order to further chafe Swamy, he also manipulated a government lawyer a few months ago to file an affidavit in court, seeking the prosecution of Swamy in a hate speech case.