Chandigarh: Delhi deputy chief minister and right hand man of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia, has said that voters in Punjab while voting in forthcoming assembly elections should think that they are voting for Kejriwal. Manish Sisodia talked about Kejriwal’s larger than life role while addressing a rally at Balongi village in Mohali.
Nonetheless, political pundits are not certain that the announcement will make any significant change in the prospects of the fledgling party that has its roots in anti-corruption movement before coming to power in Delhi. Political analysts believe that Kejriwal’s baby peaked far too early in Punjab before facing different issues in the state that goes to poll in February.
The K word dropped by Manish Sisodia is certainly to improve the prospects of the party that seems to be struggling after being termed as outsider by Captain Amrinder Singh, the chief ministerial candidate of the Congress party. Sisodia said that people of the state should cast their votes on February 4 “assuming that Arvind Kejriwal will be the Chief Minister of Punjab”. Sisodia, however, added that “whoever becomes the Chief Minister, it will be Kejriwal’s responsibility to ensure that all promises made during the election are fulfilled”.
Sisodia further said, “I promise that Arvind Kejriwal will get all this work done,” said Sisodia. “Ek bhai ne abhi poocha ki AAP ka CM kaun hoga. Aap yeh maanke chalo ki Punjab ka mukhyamantri toh Arvind Kejriwal hone wala hai. Jo bhi mukhyamantri banein, lekin yeh Arvind Kejriwal ki zimmidari hai ki jo bhi vaade aapse karke ja rahe hai voh poore karvayeinge (A brother just asked me who will be AAP’s CM. You should assume that Arvind Kejriwal is going to be the CM of Punjab. Whoever becomes the CM, it will be the responsibility of Arvind Kejriwal to ensure that all promises made to you are fulfilled),” said Sisodia.
He further said “We will not leave Punjab and sit in Delhi. Whatever promises we have made…. Arvind Kejriwal will fulfill all promises. I stand guarantee to that. You should vote assuming you are voting to make Arvind Kejriwal the Chief Minister. Vote in the name of Arvind Kejriwal”. He said that Kejriwal had stopped all other work and was working towards ensuring that Punjab is free from drugs. “He is giving all his time to Punjab. He knows that if Punjab’s youth do not get back to farming, trading or working in factories, then Punjab cannot stand on its feet,” said Sisodia.
He also termed Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Prime Minister Modi as “jumlebaaz”. He accused them of making Himalayan promises and not doing anything to fulfill those promises.