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Punjab elections 2022 : AAP announces Bhagwant Mann as its chief ministerial candidate

By Priyanka Verma 
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Punjab elections 2022 : The Aam Aadmi Party on Tuesday announced Bhagwant Mann as its chief ministerial candidate ahead of the Punjab Assembly elections scheduled in February.

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The decision was announced days after the party opened telephone lines for people of Punjab to suggest names for their preferred chief ministerial candidate.

Earlier Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal launched “Janta Chunegi Apna CM” drive and said that AAP will be choosing its Punjab CM after getting feedback from people. According to party sources, out of 21 lakh answers received in the last three days, the first choice is Bhagwant Mann.

Bhagwant Mann joined the AAP in 2014 and he has been an MP since then. He won back-to-back elections from the Sangrur Lok Sabha constituency. Before joining politics, Mann was a comedian who performed in television shows alongside Kapil Sharma.

Speculations were ripe that MP Bhagwant Mann could be AAP’s CM face in Punjab after Kejriwal gave a statement saying how Mann is ‘dear to him’.

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“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 said let the people of Punjab decide this,” Kejriwal was quoted in an report.

In the 2017 Punjab assembly elections, the Aam Aadmi Party went into the polls without declaring a chief ministerial candidate but failed to form a government. It won 20 seats and became the principal opposition in the state. This time, AAP national convener assured the voters from early days that the party will announce its CM face ahead of the polls.

Meanwhile, Congress has apparently backed Punjab chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi as its CM face amid intense speculations.

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