At one point, there was doubt that Mann would be screened as a CM candidate. Bathinda Rural MLA Rupinder Ruby even quit the party and joined Congress saying Mann was not getting his due.
Apparently, the decision to make Mann the CM nominee was made long before the “poll” announced by the AAP.
“Let the election grow,” was Kejriwal’s response whenever someone asked when the Mann announcement would be made.
2. Kejriwal supported the campaign
Kejriwal has taken a much more hands-on approach to the campaign this time around. Having also won landslide victories in Delhi twice in a row, his authority within the AAP had become even more unchallenged over the past five years.
“A lot of leaders who may have created problems have now left the party,” the Delhi official said, pointing in particular to leaders like Sukhpal Khaira.
Khaira, who later joined Congress, is one of the few leaders to have won the AAP sweep.
Conversely, Delhi executives and backroom managers who may have rubbed the Punjab unit last time around, have been replaced by people with a different work style. More on that later.
Coming back to Kejriwal, a senior volunteer closely involved in different aspects of the campaign said Kejriwal had almost total control of the campaign and the narrative.
“Even the distribution of tickets was entirely decided between AK, Bhagwant Mann and Raghav Chadha. No other person was involved,” the volunteer added.