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15 lakh respond to AAP’s Punjab CM choice drive

Dehradun: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal waves towards supporters during his 'Navaparivartan Sabha' ahead of the upcoming Uttarakhand Assembly elections, at Parade Ground in Dehradun, Monday, Jan. 3, 2022. (PTI Photo)(PTI01_03_2022_000195A)

Dehradun: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal waves towards supporters during his 'Navaparivartan Sabha' ahead of the upcoming Uttarakhand Assembly elections, at Parade Ground in Dehradun, Monday, Jan. 3, 2022. (PTI Photo)(PTI01_03_2022_000195A)

Around 15 lakh people have so far responded to the AAP’s “Janta Chunegi Apna CM” drive, in which the party has asked people to name their choice for its Chief Ministerial face for the February 14 Punjab Assembly polls.

“In the 72 hours since the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has released the phone number 7074870748 to know the opinion of the people of Punjab as regards who should be the party’s Chief Ministerial face for the upcoming election, around 15 lakh people have voiced their views,” party MLA Harpal Singh Cheema said.

Kejriwal for Mann

AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal had asked people on Thursday who should be the party’s Chief Ministerial face for the Punjab polls, even as he had said that his own choice for the post is Bhagwant Mann.

Mr. Kejriwal had ruled himself out of the race as the AAP launched the “Janta Chunegi Apna CM” drive and said the name of the candidate for the top post will be announced after getting the feedback of people.

The mobile number was launched by the party on which people can give their opinion till 5 p.m. on Monday by recording their voice and sending text or WhatsApp messages as to who should be the party's Chief Ministerial candidate.

“In the last 72 hours, seven lakh people called, 5.5 lakh voted for their choice via WhatsApp, 1.5 lakh left voice messages and an equal number of people sent text messages,” Mr. Cheema said.

‘APP will form govt.’

The enthusiasm shown by the people of the State is a testament that this time, the AAP will most definitely form the government in Punjab and that too, with a clear majority, he was quoted as saying in a statement issued by the party here.

Mr. Cheema said people will "wipe out the traditional political parties" in the upcoming polls and give the mandate to the AAP.


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