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Kejriwal indicates he will be AAP's CM candidate

PTI 05 Nov 2014, 17:10:09 PM IST

New Delhi: Gearing up for the assembly polls in a bid to recapture power, Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal has said he will be the party's “face” for the election campaign and indicated that he will be the chief ministerial nominee.

46-year-old Kejriwal, who led AAP to a stunning debut in the assembly polls in December last year, said there was no reason why there would be a change in chief ministerial nominee though a final decision on it would be taken by the party.

“There is no reason why there would be a change,” Kejriwal said, adding the party will take a final decision on the issue.

Instrumental in devising an unconventional campaign strategy for AAP during the last assembly polls, Kejriwal said he will be the face of the party's campaign this time as well.  BJP has already announced that it will not project any chief ministerial candidate and will fight the polls under collective leadership. Congress also said it will not have any chief ministerial nominee.

Exuding confidence of AAP getting a clear mandate in the assembly polls, Kejriwal said result of a survey carried out one-and-half months ago showed that AAP will get 47 per cent vote-share against BJP's 37 per cent if elections were held.  

“People remember those 49 days. It was a kind of dream for people. That is why they will vote for us. We are confident of getting a clear majority,” Kejriwal told PTI in an interview.  He, however, said that quitting the government after the 49-day rule was the “biggest mistake” of his political career and admitted that his party made a wrong “political estimation” as it thought elections will be held immediately.

 “Resigning was the biggest mistake. People had high hopes and their hopes were shattered. It is easy to analyse things in retrospect. We thought elections will be held immediately after our resignation,” he said.

AAP had made a dream debut in the assembly polls last year winning 28 seats riding on anti-corruption plank and promise to provide clean governance.