MOHALI: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener and Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal has released a number ‘70748 70748’ for the people of Punjab to choose the face of the Chief Minister. The line of this number will remain open till 5:00 PM on January 17.
People can give their opinions on this number through SMS, Calls and WhatsApp and can choose who will be the Chief Minister face of Aam Aadmi Party in the forthcoming Assembly elections in Punjab. After collecting all the data, the party will announce its chief ministerial face.
Initiating a new democratic tradition of choosing a Chief Minister, Kejriwal said, “For the first time in the history of India, Aam Aadmi Party is choosing the Chief Minister face by asking the people. Party is certain that the Chief Minister face of Aam Aadmi Party will be the next Chief Minister of Punjab. So, it will be decided by the people of Punjab who will be their chief minister.”
Kejriwal issued this number in a press conference here on Thursday and while addressing the media he said, “Most parties in our country often decide on CM from their immediate family member or their relative. But today the Aam Aadmi Party is stopping this tradition of heritage and nepotism, and decided to give this right to the people of Punjab. The party will declare the CM face according the mandate of the people.”
Referring to Bhagwant Mann’s name for the Chief Minister, Kejriwal said that Bhagwant Mann is very dear to him. He said that he (Mann) is his younger brother and the tallest leader of the party in Punjab. Kejriwal told Bhagwant Mann that he will be the face of the Chief Minister. In response, Bhagwant Mann said, “No… We should stop the practice of deciding the CM behind closed doors. This is something traditional parties impose on the people. We have to end such political traditions. We should decide our CM face, according to the public opinion, so that people can have confidence that this Chief Minister is ours and we have chosen him. We will work according to the people.”