Dropping a hint that AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal may be the party’s chief ministerial candidate in Punjab, Delhi’s Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia told voters of the state to cast their vote “assuming Kejriwal is your chief minister’. Addressing a rally in Mohali, Sisodia said, “You vote thinking that you are voting to make Arvind Kejriwal as the chief minister (of Punjab). Your vote is for Kejriwal.”
Sisodia assured the people that Kejriwal would honour all the promises made by the party with the people of Punjab after coming to power. “People were asking me who will be the Punjab Chief Minister. I want to say one thing here that you should believe that Arvind Kejriwal is going to be Punjab’s CM,” he said.
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However, in the same breath, Sisodia said, “Whosoever will be the CM, it shall be the responsibility of Kejriwal to get all the promises honoured…. I give you guarantee in this regard.”
The statement triggered speculations in political circle as whether Kejriwal is planning to shift to Punjab, quitting Delhi once again. The Aam Aadmi Party, which won four Lok Sabha seats in 2014 Lok Sabha elections, was seen as a major alternative force to Congress and Akali Dal for the voters.
Reacting to Sisodia’s comment, Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said that this proves that the party doesn’t trust Punjabis. “By asking people to vote for Kejriwal as Punjab CM, Manish Sisodia has exposed their plan; proves it doesn’t trust Punjabis,” said Badal.
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.