Punjab Assembly elections: AAP asks voters to choose party CM face
Delhi Chief Minister has asked Punjab voters to choose their CM candidate by dialling a phone number. Party has not in a hurry to announce party MLA, Bhagwant Mann as its CM candidate.
New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has given an option to the people of Punjab to choose their Chief Minister. The party has asked Punjab voters to dial 7074870748 to name their choice of CM.
AAP has not announced its MLA, Bhagwant Mann as CM candidate, but has given the option to the people of Punjab to name their choice. Meanwhile AAP chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal categorically said that he is not in the race.
Speaking to reporters, Mr. Kejriwal said that people of Punjab can call, WhatsApp or SMS to 7074870748. The phone line will be open till 5 pm on Jan 17. We will go through the response and based on the feedback of the people, he said.
Party has received the call over 2.8 lakh calls in the first four hours. AAP also launched a poster it said "Janta chunegi apna CM (People will choose their Chief Minister). Call 7074870748."
AAP is not ready to announce Bhagwant Mann as CM face of the party for upcoming polls. Punjab will go for polls on February 14 in a single phase, results will be declared on March 10. Meanwhile, AAP is in touch with farm union leader Balbir Rajewal, but talks with him failed.
Asked about Mr Mann and the party's Punjab plan, Mr Kejriwal said: "Bhagwant Mann is very dear to me. He is my chhota bhai (younger brother). He is the biggest leader of AAP. I was also saying he should be the Chief Minister candidate. But then he said no...the people must decide."