CM will be from Punjab, says Arvind Kejriwal

Kejriwal took a dig at Punjab Congress president Amarinder Singh and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.

Written by Kanchan Vasdev , Sweta Dutta | Chandigarh/new Delhi | Updated: January 12, 2017 12:15 pm
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Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday ruled himself out of the chief ministerial race in Punjab saying that a leader from the state would take the top post if his party is voted to power. The clarification came a day after AAP leader Manish Sisodia asked people to “vote assuming Arvind Kejriwal will be the chief minister”.

“Punjab chief minister will not be from Pakistan or London or America. He will be a leader from Punjab,” Kejriwal said at a rally in Patiala. He added that he had been entrusted with the responsibility of the national capital and would continue to be the chief minister there.

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Kejriwal took a dig at Punjab Congress president Amarinder Singh and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal. “Manish Sisodia said yesterday that whosoever would be the chief minister of Punjab, Arvind Kejriwal will ensure he fulfills all the promises. What was wrong in that?’’ he asked. “All including Sukhbir Badal and Capt Amarinder were shaken that Arvind Kejriwal wants to become the chief minister. I learnt Sukhbir had nightmares about me.’’

Separately, the AAP has decided against naming its chief ministerial candidate before the election results are declared.

“Our campaign is at its peak and with the overwhelming response that we have been getting, it would be suicidal to name a candidate right now,’’ said a top AAP functionary. “We have at least four to five very strong CM faces. These are leaders who themselves harbour strong hopes of becoming CM. Naming any one of them would mean shattering the morale of the other leaders and that would be very foolish.’’

Another AAP leader noted that their opponents were daring them to name their chief ministerial candidate. He added that this shows that they want them to walk into this trap, which they would not. “The biggest advantage of our candidates is that they do not have any baggage.’’

Kejriwal has announced that a Dalit would be the deputy chief minister if his party was voted to power. There is a consensus that the chief minister should be a Sikh. The AAP has several strong Sikh contenders for the top job, who have all been pitted against key leaders.

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First Published on: January 12, 2017 2:25 am
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    IML sood
    Jan 12, 2017 at 4:01 am
    Who will believe this established liar Khujli.Everyone remember what he promised before Delhi election even taking oath on his childern,and what he is doing in Delhi. The mess created by his AAP has put Delhi years behind on all fronts. He is a coward who wants to take shelter in some other state to escape the wrath of people in Delhi.
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      Kanikat
      Jan 12, 2017 at 5:54 am
      AAP is the only honest Political Party in the country. Modi was involved in Macre of 2000 innocents in Gujarat as CM in 2002. His BJP encountered so many innocent who do not agree with their style of rule. CBI is harring and Framing all Political parties who won elections against BJP and their leaders. IT is raiding the houses of oppostion leaders. Due to fear SC is unable to act in case of Birla and Sahara who bribed Modi with Tens of crores. The Official who was investigating Modi's fake degree has been transferred. Entire Bansal Family forced to suicide.
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        PCKULKARNI
        Jan 12, 2017 at 5:20 am
        Where are 15 lakh rupees? Where are 2 crore jobs? Where is strong rupee?
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          ak dev
          Jan 12, 2017 at 12:41 am
          Keju harane se darata hai.
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            Chand
            Jan 12, 2017 at 5:55 am
            Punjab is saved from a power hungry and maverick leader. Kejriwal is a man of controversies and media hype but what Punjab needs is effective governance.
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              Bro
              Jan 12, 2017 at 6:13 am
              Kejrival and AAP will Save Punab and India from the clutches of Murderous Modi, BJP, RSS, Akalis. Bhakts trolls cannot mislead the people. Modi has done everything in Delhi to prevent development even arrested 22 AAP MLAs to bully and prevent Government of Kejrival to succeed. BJP thinks if AAP will succeed then BJP will never win so they used police, CBI, IT, LG, ACB to stop AAP.
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                Bro
                Jan 12, 2017 at 5:48 am
                SAD/BJP/RSS/Modi are anti-Punjab, anti-Sikh.
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                  Bryan
                  Jan 12, 2017 at 4:05 am
                  God Bless Arvind Kejrival, the most honest Politicians at a time when even Modi is accused of Receiving Huge Black Money from Birla and Sahara due to Corruption in BJP. Kejrival will Prevail over Modi BJP and Modi may soon be ousted by People though m protests.
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                    Gouhar
                    Jan 12, 2017 at 5:39 am
                    It would be dream of every right thinking Indians that AAP should come in every state of India so that this deep rooted corruption by Congress BJP nexus can be eliminated. Let us hope for that day. Enough that corrupts has ruled this country so far.
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                      J G
                      Jan 12, 2017 at 10:52 pm
                      Mr Kejriwal your actions do not show trustworthiness so as to believe you.You mooted the idea through your lieutenent and shall grab the opportunity if got.Punjabis are not fools now to take your words on face value.Voters must be cautious vor voting your party who will provid Punjab water to Haryana and Delhi
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                        Sankaran Krishnan
                        Jan 12, 2017 at 3:29 am
                        With none of your leaders not able to project as CM candidature for the embly , you (AK) had rightly pointed out that a person from Punjab will be the CM and put at rest that there is no such candidates from AAP and hope the voters will understand and reject AAP out rightly is it NOT AK ????
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                          Manohar Sharma
                          Jan 12, 2017 at 2:13 am
                          AAP (Anti-national Aadmi Party) of stan will not get more than 5 seats in Punjab.
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                            S Subramaniam
                            Jan 12, 2017 at 2:00 am
                            Yet another U-turn in a series of U-turns, which is the hallmark of Delhi CM.
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                              heena
                              Jan 12, 2017 at 5:15 am
                              Today we have seen Mr.Kejriwal credit score given by Earlier Delhi LG. We think and Kejriwal is sure that he will be in Thihar Jail shortly.
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                                Pappalil Prabhakaran
                                Jan 12, 2017 at 4:29 am
                                Kejriwal has a hundred tongues and he spreads lies and canards and fabricated charge sheets against his opponents. From day one, he was firing shots against the PM of this country without any basis and from that day till today, he continues to do so. Now Raul hi as picked up the same habit from Kejrwial and both are on the same page, befooling the people of India, and immaturity of both on display.
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                                  Thinker
                                  Jan 12, 2017 at 1:07 am
                                  Aaya bada! Pahle jeet to le! Sapne le raha hai!
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                                    sajeev
                                    Jan 12, 2017 at 4:05 am
                                    Don't trust him. He has broken every promise he has ever made.
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                                      ms qasmi
                                      Jan 12, 2017 at 3:12 am
                                      kejriwal hi modi k pol khol sakte h
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                                        shangambaba
                                        Jan 12, 2017 at 3:10 am
                                        Kejri ki comedy dekho bhailt;br/gt;Kahte hai is ko jhadoo safai...jhadoo safai
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                                          sumit
                                          Jan 12, 2017 at 4:22 am
                                          only if aap wins.....
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