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AAP economy panel

Mumbai, Jan. 19: Former banker Meera Sanyal who recently joined the Aam Aadmi Party will be part of a seven-member committee that will formulate the party’s economic policy, sources said.

Apart from the former CEO and chairperson of the Royal Bank of Scotland, the panel will include environmental economist Aseem Srivastava, AAP spokesperson Atishi Marlena, secretary of the AAP’s Delhi unit Dilip Pandey, economist and analyst Laveesh Bhandari, national executive member Prithvi Reddy and former corporate executive Sanjeev Aga.

The Arvind Kejriwal-led party has been increasingly facing criticism for not projecting a clear economic programme despite announcing plans to extend its success in the Delhi Assembly polls to the general election.

The party is expected to announce its first list of Lok Sabha candidates tomorrow.

The panel will draft the party’s economic agenda that will be included in the national manifesto, now being drawn up.

Mumbai-based Sanyal had taken a sabbatical from her bank responsibilities in 2009 to contest the Lok Sabha election as an Independent. She contested from Mumbai South constituency but failed to make an impact against the Congress’s sitting MP Milind Deora.

However, it’s possible that the AAP could name her as its candidate from the same constituency.