Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convenor Arvind Kejriwal has sought to put to an end the speculation about his being the chief ministerial face of the party in Punjab. In his speech, Kejriwal said that if AAP forms government in Punjab then the chief minister will be from the state. He categorically denied being CM candidate for Punjab saying that Delhi voters have voted him to power and made him CM there.
The entire speculation had been triggered by Delhi Dy CM Manish Sisodia’s statement in which he had asked the voters of Punjab to assume that they are voting for Kejriwal as chief minister of the state. Since this statement, entire political circles and media were agog with speculation that Kejriwal has finally decided to dump Delhi for Punjab job. The rumours were not without basis also. Kejriwal has never been unequivocally denying when asked whether he will be CM of Punjab if his party wins. He always left the option open by saying that MLAs will decide on who will lead them in Punjab. This reply was always construed as Kejriwal’s desire to be Punjab CM.
Kejriwal may have scotched the rumour, but the question remains whether Sisodia made the statement triggering the speculation on Kejriwal becoming AAP CM face for Punjab without well-conceived political strategy. Did Sisodia speak just for the heck of it? Did Sisodia make this statement in a Mohali rally at the instance of Kejriwal? The analysis of what followed the statement of Sisodia is sufficient to draw the conclusion that this might not have been done without proper strategy with the approval of Kejriwal. Kejriwal’s closes aide Sisodia must have stated this with prior approval of Kejriwal, and this must have been done to see the reactions.
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