Arvind Kejriwal to quit as Delhi CM for Punjab assembly polls?: Reports

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New Delhi, Dec 11: Arvind Kejriwal may resign as Delhi Chief Minister, if the media reports are to be believed.

According to news reports, Kejriwal may appoint Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia as the chief minister, to contest as chief ministerial candidate in 2017 Punjab assembly elections.

Arvind Kejriwal

However, AAP spokesperson Ashutosh dismissed the reports and tweeted, "Media is running a baseless news about DELHI CM KEJRIWAL. This shows how scared are Akali/ Congress of AAP and how strong is AAP in Punjab."

Meanwhile, veteran Congress leader from Punjab, Captain Amarinder Singh was quoted saying as, "What a non-Sikh and Haryanvi will do in Punjab, he (Kejriwal) will lose here."

On Monday, Nov 23, Kejriwal had said during AAP's National Council meeting, "We are not here for power politics. People ask if AAP is in race for 2019? We are not in any race. Delhi's win was miraculous. We just have to keep working hard and honestly. Don't run after elections. All indications are that you are going to get the same opportunity in Punjab." [Not in race for 2019 polls: Arvind Kejriwal]

In Delhi assembly, AAP has 67 MLAs. In Punjab, AAP had won four Lok Sabha seats - Faridkot, Fatehgarh Sahib, Patiala and Sangrur, during 2014 Lok Sabha Elections. Making its debut in Lok Sabha elections, AAP garnered 24.4 per cent of the total votes in Punjab.

The four AAP MPs from Punjab are-- Bhagwant Mann (Sangrur), Sadhu Singh (Faridkot), Harinder Singh Khalsa (Fatehgarh Sahib) and Dharam Vira Gandhi (Patiala).

Kejriwal had regretted when he had resigned as Delhi CM in Feb 2014, after 49 days of coming in power. In 2015, he again returned to power with a landslide victory by winning 67 out of 70 assembly seats, BJP had won 3 while Congress, that ruled Delhi for over a decade, was reduced to zero.

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