Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said the BJP is “frightened” by AAP’s rapid growth in Gujarat and wonders whether it should name Union Home Minister Amit Shah as its chief ministerial candidate in the state’s assembly polls. is making a plan.
In a cryptic tweet, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convenor also wondered if the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was not happy with Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendrabhai Patel’s performance.
“Is it true that BJP is going to make Amit Shahji the face of the Chief Minister in the Gujarat assembly elections?” Kejriwal asked in a tweet in Hindi. “Is BJP angry with the work of Bhupendrabhai Patel?” he also asked.
In March, Kejriwal posted a tweet wondering if Lakshadweep administrator Praful K Patel would be made the next lieutenant governor of Delhi. Anil Baijal was then LG of Delhi. On April 7, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia claimed that the BJP was considering replacing Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur with Union Minister Anurag Thakur ahead of the assembly elections in the state.
Attributing his claim to “reliable sources”, Sisodia had said the BJP wanted a “big change” as it feared defeat in the upcoming elections due to AAP’s growing popularity in the hill state. Before the Goa assembly elections in October last year, Sisodia had claimed that the saffron party would replace Chief Minister Pramod Sawant as people were unhappy with the performance of his government.
The BJP rejected the AAP leader’s claim. Sawant remained the chief minister of the coastal state till the end of the assembly term.
He was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Goa for the second consecutive term after the BJP’s victory in the assembly elections. AAP won two seats in Goa.
Following its resounding success in the Punjab Assembly elections earlier this year, AAP has launched a membership drive in various states to expand its footprint. The party is gearing up to contest all the seats in the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh assembly elections, which are due to be held later this year, presenting itself as an alternative to the BJP and the Congress.
The party recently released its first list of 10 candidates for the Gujarat polls.
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