Kejriwal to be AAP CM candidate in Punjab, says Sisodia
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said on Tuesday that Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal will be the party’s CM candidate for the party in the upcoming Assembly polls in Punjab.
Sisodia hinted about Kejriwal’s new move in Mohali. According to Janta Ka Reporter, Sisodia told the party rally in Mohali: “People ask me who will become Punjab’s chief minister (should Aam Aadmi Party wins the election). I tell them that ‘you must vote thinking Arvind Kejriwal will become Punjab’s chief minister.’”
He also added, “Ye samajh ke vote do ki aap Arvind Kejriwal ko vote de rahe ho. Aapka vote Kejriwal ke naam pe hai.”
Punjab goes to vote on February 4 for the 117-member Punjab Assembly with the ruling coalition of the Shiromani Akali Dal and the BJP trying hard to retain power in the face of the challenge posed by the Arvind Kejriwal-led party. Meanwhile, reports say that Congress is most likely to field cricketer-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu as their Deputy CM candidate. The Congress is being led in the Punjab campaign by Amarinder Singh, the erstwhile Maharaja of Patiala.
Sisodia’s statement triggered speculations whether the AAP chief is planning to shift to Punjab, quitting Delhi once again. The party won four seats in 2014 Lok Sabha elections and was considered as a major alternative to Congress and Akali Dal.
The Delhi CM had, earlier, ruled out contesting in Punjab. In a recent twitter with Amarinder Singh, Kejriwal had asked him if he was looking for a safe seat. To this, Singh challeneged Kejriwal to fight against him. But the AAP leader stepped back