Proposing Arvind Kejriwal as the head of the opposition alliance “INDIA”, AAP spokesperson Priyanka Kakkar declared on Wednesday that the Delhi Chief Minister has consistently championed people’s concerns and presented a model that has resulted in the lowest inflation rates in the national capital.
Priyanka Kakkar on Wednesday said she would want party convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to be the alliance’s Prime Ministerial candidate
While speaking to the news agency ANI, Kakkar said: “If you ask me, I would want Arvind Kejriwal to be the Opposition’s Prime Ministerial candidate.”
She added that the AAP convenor has been highlighting issues of the public and has emerged as a credible challenger to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s hold on the country’s highest office. Be it the PM’s academic records or qualifications or any other issue, Arvind Kejriwal has been putting across his views boldly on myriad subjects,” Kakkar added.
However, while her statement posed a potential challenge to the unity of the Opposition before the Mumbai conference, set to initiate later on Wednesday and extend into Thursday, the AAP spokesperson affirmed that INDIA was dedicated to guiding the nation toward a fresh trajectory. She asserted that despite the escalating costs of vital goods and food products, the national capital maintained the status of having the “most minimal” inflation rate.
Congress leader Kapil Sibal, however, said instead of discussing the PM post, INDIA should emphasise the alliance’s vision and offerings.
AAP spokesperson pitches Kejriwal as INDIA bloc’s PM face; Atishi says he is not in race
Two Aam Aadmi Party leaders on Wednesday pitched for Arvind Kejriwal as the prime ministerial candidate for the opposition INDIA bloc, saying that as Delhi chief minister he has given a model that the whole country can benefit from.
Hours later, Delhi Cabinet Minister Atishi elucidated that Kejriwal does not have aspirations for the prime minister’s post.
The comments came a day ahead of the INDIA alliance’s meeting in Mumbai during which the opposition leaders are anticipated to chalk out a joint campaign strategy to take on the BJP-led NDA in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections and iron out the distinctions among themselves.
To a question on who should be the prime ministerial candidate for the INDIA alliance, the AAP’s chief national spokesperson Priyanka Kakkar told PTI, “As a spokesperson, I would propose our national convener Arvind Kejriwal’s name.”
She said Kejriwal has constantly raised the issues of the people and “has given a model” which has led to the least inflation in Delhi. “He has given a model that benefits the people. I would want it to happen but the decision is not in my hands,” the AAP’s chief spokesperson said.
When the party’s Delhi convener and Environment Minister Gopal Rai was asked about it, he said that every member of the AAP wants Kejriwal for the prime minister’s post but a decision on it would only be finalised by all the members of the INDIA bloc.
“Every party wants their leader to become prime minister. AAP members also want their national convener to become PM. All members of the INDIA alliance will sit down and whatever the decision is, we will go accordingly,” he said.
When asked whether the AAP will propose Kejriwal’s name as a prime ministerial candidate, he said, “There is nothing like giving a name. We are already its part and Arvind Kejriwal is a part of the bloc.”Atishi, however, said that Kejriwal is not in the race for the prime minister’s post.
Responding to a question on Kakkar’s comments, the Delhi cabinet minister said, “I am making it official that Arvind Kejriwal is not in the race to become the prime minister of the country.”
“He has joined the India bloc to save the Constitution, democracy and the country,” she said while stating that Kakkar’s views were personal.
Last year, during an interview with PTI, the AAP’s senior leader and then Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia had also pitched for Kejriwal as prime minister. “‘Ek Mauka Kejriwal Ko’ (One Chance to Kejriwal) has become a national level talk, ” Sisodia had said.
“People see Kejriwal as an alternative to (Narendra) Modi in 2024 because he talks about health, education and employment,” he had told