Think you are voting for Kejriwal, says Sisodia in Punjab

Rajat Kain


Vote keeping Arvind Kejriwal in mind, said Delhi’s deputy CM Manish Sisodia while campaigning in poll-bound Punjab on Tuesday spelling more than hints of who might be his party’s CM candidate in case they pull up a victory.

While the AAP is yet to declare a CM candidate for Punjab, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has been a face of their campaigning in the state, which votes on February 4.

“When you are voting, think that you are voting for Arvind Kejriwal. Your vote is in the name of Kejriwal,” Manish Sisodia said addressing the gathering in Chandigarh’s satellite township Mohali.

Aam Aadmi Party, which set a record winning a massive 67 out of 70 seats in Delhi assembly polls in February 2015, is one of the frontrunners in Punjab today. The party had stunned many winning four seats and more than 30% votes in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

Seizing on the momentum generated by the positive outcome in Lok Sabha, AAP has set its eyes on Punjab, where the ruling Akali-BJP is facing a major anti-incumbency.

The main challenger Congress, who till a while ago looked a spent-force, has managed to revive its position but it has to be seen if they are able to get past Kejriwal’s outfit, which now looks a party to beat.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal  along with others  during a AAP party's 'Majha Fateh' rally in Majitha about 20 kms from Amritsar on 14 December 2016.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal along with others during a AAP party’s ‘Majha Fateh’ rally in Majitha about 20 kms from Amritsar on 14 December 2016.

Ruling Delhi, Kejriwal and his ministers have had a continuous tussle with the Centre, especially with the former LG Najeeb Jung, whom he accused as “Centre’s agent”. A full state to rule will just be the boost for the party which is desperately looking to expand it footprints outside the national capital.

Urging the gathering to vote for his party, Sisodia further added, “the AAP government will fulfil all the promise just like they have done in Delhi”.

Reacting to the developments, his political rivals were quick to take on the Delhi Chief Minister.

“#FinallyExposed @ArvindKejriwal wants to be CM of Punjab as confirmed by @msisodia , Anna ji was right – Kejriwal ji is greedy for power,” BJP’s Delhi unit chief and Lok Sabha MP Manoj Tiwari wrote on Twitter.

While Punjab Deputy CM and Akali leader Sukhbir Singh Badal targeted Kejriwal and AAP, saying, “They also forced @BhagwantMann & Himmat Singh Shergill to fight from Jalalabad & Majitha to remove contenders who could challenge Kejriwal”.

But the scathing-most criticism came from Congress face for Punjab polls and former CM Capt. Amarinder Singh, who went on call him a “sneaky little fellow”.

“After months of beating around the bush, truth of @ArvindKejriwal and his nefarious ambitions comes out! What a sneaky little fellow!” he said.