Arvind Kejriwal says he won’t become Punjab chief minister
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New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said the party’s Punjab chief ministerial candidate will be from Punjab, scotching speculation that he was planning to move to the election-bound state.
“The chief minister of Punjab will be from the state itself. I am the chief minister of Delhi; how can I become Punjab chief minister?” Kejriwal said at a public meeting in Punjab’s Patiala district.
The clarification comes a day after a statement by senior AAP leader and deputy chief minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia that sounded like Kejriwal might be the chief ministerial candidate. “You can assume that your chief minister will be Arvind Kejriwal,” Sisodia had said at Mohali in Punjab on Tuesday. “Whoever may become the chief minister, it will be Arvind Kejriwal’s responsibility that every promise that is made to the people is fulfilled,” he had said.
Kejriwal said, however, that it will be his responsibility to fulfil electoral promises if his party is voted to power.
“Delhi voters have made me the chief minister; so I am committed to them, but whoever becomes the (Punjab) chief minister, these promises are being made by me and it will be my responsibility to fulfil these,” Kejriwal said.
“It will be my responsibility to fulfil the promises on drugs, health, jobs, loan waivers—all the promises that have been made. When you go to vote, keep Kejriwal in mind, we will fulfil all the promises that have been made,” Kejriwal added.
Elections for Punjab assembly are due on 4 February.