Manish Sisodia to Punjab Voters : Kejriwal is your chief minister | Bhagwant Mann unhappy?
NEW DELHI: Is Arvind Kejriwl planning to resign from Delhi’s CM post to become Punjab’s CM? In a surprising announcement, AAP leader and Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia on Tuesday urged the people of Punjab to vote for the party keeping in mind that Arvind Kejriwal is the party’s chief ministerial candidate.
This announcement will not please with Bhagwant Mann, AAP’s top Punjab leader and a popular comedian, who has already declared himself to be party’s Punjab CM candidate.
Punjab deputy CM Sukhbir Badal was quick to latch on the Sisodia statement. “By asking people to vote for Arvind Kejrwal as CM of Punjab, Sisodia has exposed their plan. AAP has proven it doesn’t trust Punjabis,” he tweeted.
Congress’s CM candidate in Punjab also tweeted “After months of beating around the bush, truth of Arvind Kejriwal and his nefarious ambitions come out.” Congress had already called Arvind Kejriwal a Haryanvi who does not understand Punjab problems.
The recent opinion polls have showed that Congress is leading in the race with both AAP bogged down with corruption & sex scandals. The ruling BJP-SAD combine too suffers from anti-incumbency.
In one of his recent rallies, Kejriwal had announced that a Dalit will be the deputy chief minister of Punjab if his party comes to power in the state. He never mentioned the caste or religion of AAP’s CM candidate.
The AAP had so far shied away from naming a CM candidate and has repeatedly refuted speculation that Kejriwal could be Punjab CM should the AAP get a simple majority.
Kejriwal had, earlier, ruled out contesting elections from Punjab. In an interesting Twitter war with Congress leader Captain Amarinder Singh, Kejriwal had asked him if is he is looking for a safe seat. To this Singh dared Kejriwal to contest against him. But Kejriwal stepped back.
The Assembly elections for 117 seats will be held in single phase on February 4. The results of the elections will be announced on 11 March.