New Delhi: Hours after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal challenged the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to declare its Chief Ministerial candidate by 1 PM Wednesday while also daring the saffron party to debate with him, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday said that they were ready for all of it. The AAP just needs to tell them time and place, Shah added. Also Read - Delhi Assembly Election 2020: AAP Unveils Manifesto; Jan Lokpal, Full Statehood Among Its Promises
Talking about BJP’s Chief Ministerial candidate, Shah said that their CM is the “people of Delhi”. Also Read - Delhi Assembly Election 2020: Opinion Poll Predicts Massive Victory For Kejriwal-led AAP, BJP to Bag 10-14 Seats
“Kejriwal ji asked us to declare our candidate for CM & said he is ready to debate. For this, there is no need to announce a CM face, just tell us time & place, people from BJP will come to debate. As far as the CM goes, our CM is the people of Delhi,” news agency ANI reported Shah as saying. Also Read - Delhi Assembly Election 2020: 'Welfare Schemes Not Implemented,' PM Modi Lashes Out at AAP in His 1st Rally Ahead of Polls
Later, Arvind Kejriwal once again asserted that it was high time that the BJP announced its CM candidate, opining that the “votes of people will go into a pit”. (Click here for all Delhi Assembly Election 2020 news).
“People of Delhi are demanding BJP to reveal their chief ministerial candidate. People want to know who they are voting for. If they do not reveal their CM candidate, then the votes of the people are going into a pit,” Kejriwal said.
Meanwhile, the AAP today released its manifesto for the upcoming Delhi Assembly Election, promising to keep education as its top priority and also promising, among other things, a push to get full statehood for Delhi. Introducing the manifesto at a press conference, Delhi deputy CM Manish Sisodia, in a jibe at the BJP, said that the party’s manifesto was “a guarantee and not a jumla”. The manifesto, which is a 28-point programme, was described by the deputy CM as “the party’s vision to make everyone in the national capital prosperous”.
The Delhi Assembly Election will be held in a single phase on February 8. Counting of votes will be done and result announced on February 11.