Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) National Convener Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday urged people to message or call on the number 70748 70748 to send their suggestions on who should be the Chief Ministerial candidate from his party for the upcoming Punjab Assembly polls by January 17 till 5 pm.

He added that his personal choice regarding the Chief Ministerial face is not important, public choice is important.

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“This is happening in India, probably for the first time after 1947, a party is asking the public to tell us who should be the CM face. By calling, or through Whatsapp messaging on the number 70748 70748, you can give your suggestions by 5 pm on January 17. Based on the suggestions, we will choose our CM candidate. My personal choice is not important, public choice is important,” he said in a press conference in Chandigarh.

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“Bhagwant Mann is very dear to me, he is like my younger brother. I was also sitting in the room saying that we should make Bhagwant Mann the Chief Ministerial candidate, but he said that no, we should ask people. This ritual of deciding the Chief Ministerial candidate in closed doors should be stopped,” Kejriwal further added.

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“AAP is emerging as the largest party in different surveys conducted to assess which party should win maximum votes in upcoming Punjab Assembly elections,” he said.

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Reacting to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s security breach in Punjab, Kejriwal said, “If AAP comes to power, then we will ensure the safety of the Prime Minister as well as the safety of 3 crore people of Punjab”.

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Punjab will vote in a single phase on February 14 to elect its 117-member legislative assembly. Votes will be counted on March 10.