AAP will sweep Punjab: Arvind Kejriwal

AAP will sweep Punjab Arvind Kejriwal

NEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday boasted of an AAP sweep in the Punjab assembly polls, insisting that his party would win more than 100 of the 117 seats. “Mark my words, we will get more than 100 seats.

Kejriwal said he was confident the Supreme Court will overturn a high court ruling giving primacy to the Lt. Governor in administrative affairs.

“We are confident we will get relief from the Supreme Court,” the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader told India Today channel, referring to the Delhi High Court verdict of August 4.

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The high court had ruled that Lt Governor Najeeb Jung, an appointee of the central government, would by law be the chief administrator in Delhi, not the elected government of Kejriwal.

He brushed aside Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal’s claims that the AAP would end up with single digit in the house.

“Sukhbir Badal is on his way out. Let him say anything,” he said, adding that the people of Punjab were waiting to oust the Akali Dal-BJP alliance and saw the AAP as a better option than the Congress.

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The Punjab election “is a dharam yudh” (holy war), he said, likening it to the battle between Kauravas and Pandavas in the Mahabharata. However, he refused to answer how can an outsider be either Pandava or Kaurava.

Kejriwal, however, refused to say who would be the Chief Minister of Punjab if AAP wins. To repeated questions, he kept saying: “People will decide the CM.”

State political pundits suggest that if AAP wins in Punjab, Kejriwal will resign from Delhi and become Punjab’s CM. However, he does not want to project his candidacy before the election.