Tele voting, a tool launched by Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal, will be used to shortlist the Chief Ministerial face for the upcoming Punjab assembly polls. The elections, which will be held in a single phase, are scheduled to be held on February 14, 2022.

The initiative, which has been put under the “Junta Chunegi Apna CM” umbrella, was announced by the Delhi Chief Minister in a press conference on Thursday.

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Here is all you need to know about the new drive:

-Users will have to dial a phone number provided by the authorities and will be asked to name their preferred Chief Minster candidate for Punjab. 

-The contact number announced by Arvind Kejriwal and Aam Aadmi Party’s national convenor is 7074870748. People will also have the option to text message or WhatsApp their preferences. 

-People have been given nearly five days to choose and turn in the entries. The calling lines will remain active till the evening of January 17, party officials announced in the press conference.

Days before the announcement, the Delhi Chief Minister said that the Aam Aadmi Party’s Chief Ministerial candidate would be announced in a week. However, while unveiling the “Junta Chunegi Apna CM” drive, he expressed his own support for Bhagwant Mann, Aam Aadmi Party’s Lok Sabha MP.

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Kejriwal said in a statement, “Bhagwant Mann is very dear to me, he is like a younger brother. I was also saying that we should make him the CM face for Punjab Assembly elections, but he (Mann) said let the people of Punjab decide this.”

Kejriwal, who has been touring Punjab, made a series of promises on Wednesday ahead of the elections. These included removing the “drug syndicate from Punjab”, provision of free and round-the-clock electricity and “justice in all cases of sacrilege and end corruption.”