Sidhu calls AAP’s campaign to choose chief ministerial face a ‘scam’

Chandigarh, Jan 24 (PTI) Congress’ Punjab unit president Navjot Singh Sidhu on Monday called the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) survey to select its chief ministerial face for the state assembly elections a “scam” and a “scam”. termed “a fraudulent act”. He said that his party has lodged a complaint against it with the Election Commission.

Sidhu launched a scathing attack on AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal, calling him a “trickster and a hypocrite”.

Addressing a press conference here, Sidhu urged the Election Commission to register a criminal case against AAP for running a “fake campaign”.

AAP had last week announced its Punjab unit chief Bhagwant Mann as its chief ministerial face. Kejriwal had claimed that he had received over 21.59 lakh responses from January 13 to 17 as part of his “Janata Chungi Apna CM” campaign and 93.3 per cent of the people gave the name of Bhagwant Mann.

Kejriwal had said that Sidhu got 3.6 percent votes.

Sidhu said that so many calls to a private number cannot be received in a few days. “If we try to look at this figure in terms of mathematical calculations, it doesn’t make any sense,” he said. Usually, such calls take at least 15 seconds, then only 5,760 calls can be received in a day and 23,040 calls can be received in four days.

He said that this method of spreading fake news and creating propaganda is a complete violation of the model code of conduct and the Election Commission of India should take strong cognizance of it.

He said the Congress has complained to the Election Commission about how Kejriwal is trying to “stupid” the people of Punjab with his “dirty tricks”. He said that this campaign of AAP is nothing but a ploy to fool the people.

In the complaint given to the Election Commission, Sidhu has written that AAP received about 7 lakh WhatsApp messages, 2.50 lakh voice messages and about 8 lakh voice calls. Sidhu urged the Election Commission to register a criminal case against AAP for running this “fake campaign”.

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