Kejriwal decides to become Punjabi…till assembly election
CHANDIGARH: Arvind Kejriwal is going to repeat his election formula of basing himself wherever the election is being conducted. Before Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal goes to Bengaluru this week for a throat surgery to cure his chronic cough, he will head to Punjab, where his Aam Aadmi Party has been besieged by trouble.
Till the Assembly polls early next year, Arvind Kejriwal has decided to base himself in Punjab rather than Delhi, prompting for a quick house hunt for him. This tactical election-year move will, however, provide more ammunition to sceptics within and outside AAP, who allege that Delhi leaders are micromanaging Aam Aami Party campaign in Punjab with no freedom allowed to the local leaders.
During the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Arvind Kejriwal had similarly promised to relocate to Varanasi from where he was standing against Narendra Modi. Kejriwal went back on his promise after his humiliating loss and has rarely gone to the holy town since then.
The Delhi CM announced on social media via video that he would be taking charge of the party’s Punjab unit that has been hit by waves of controversies. “By the end of the month, the party affairs would be directly under my control,” stated the party’s national convener, in the video message. Kejriwal has cautioned supporters against believing rumours he has accused the party’s rivals of spreading.
Insiders from Punjab suggest that the rebels, including AAP’s ex-convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur, who had either been ousted or suspended from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for questioning the party or its supremo Arvind Kejriwal’s style of leadership, may join hands with Navjot Singh Sidhu’s new front Awaaz-e-Punjab