Kejriwal won’t be Punjab’s CM: Mann

Bhagwant Mann

As the Aam Aadmi Party () faces corruption charges after the ouster of its state convener Sucha Singh Chhotepur over a ‘cash sting’, its Sangrur MP has claimed that Delhi CM and party chief will not be the Punjab CM face of AAP.

In a programme — Press Conference — aired on ABP News on Saturday, reacting to a question on whether the party was not declaring its CM face since an ‘outsider’ Kejriwal will not be acceptable to the people of Punjab, Mann sounded cautiously optimistic over Punjabis accepting Kejriwal as chief minister if the rookie party is voted to power in the assembly elections due early next year.

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“Kejriwal will be acceptable to Punjab’s people but he had made it clear that he will serve Delhi for five years. The CM face of the party will be from Punjab,” he said.

But when asked if he considered himself competent to become Punjab CM, Mann avoided a direct reply, saying, “I am a mass leader who lives in the hearts of people. I speak in their language and will accept whatever responsibility my party gives to me. I have told Kejriwal that I am ready to even paste posters on walls or wave the broom from a bridge.”

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On suspended AAP MP Harinder Khalsa complaining to the Lok Sabha speaker that “he cannot sit next to Mann owing to smell of alcohol”, Mann said Khalsa was hand-in-glove with the (SAD) and together they want to decimate AAP’s ‘Mission Punjab’. “