New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Raghav Chadha on Tuesday dismissed as ‘hypothetical’ and ‘irrelevant’ speculations that he’d be the next Finance Minister of Delhi, remarking that AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal getting another mandate from the people of Delhi was ‘what matters the most.’
Notably, speculations have been rife in the wake of Chadha’s win over BJP’s RP Singh from Rajinder Nagar that he could be the next Finance Minister of Delhi.
Speaking to media on the same, the 31-year-old youth face of the party, said, “Frankly speaking, these questions are hypothetical and irrelevant. What matters is that Arvind Kejriwal has won today and he got another mandate. All AAP workers, as party footsoldiers, will be behind him.”
Earlier, Chadha, along with party colleague Atishi, were advisors to the Delhi government but were removed after their appointment was deemed ‘illegal’ by the Centre. Atishi, who won from the Kalkaji constituency, too, is tipped to be a minister in the third Arvind Kejriwal government.
Both were also among the seven AAP candidates who lost as the BJP swept all seven Lok Sabha seats in the national capital in last year’s general elections.
Chief Minister Kejriwal on Tuesday returned for a third term in office as the AAP, in a near-repeat of its 2015 performance, won 62 seats in the 70-seat Delhi Assembly. The BJP was a distant second with eight seats, up from last time’s three, while the Congress ‘repeated’ its 2015 show, yet again finishing without even a single seat.