Arvind Kejriwal announced today that former TV anchor Isudan Gadhvi will be the candidate for chief minister in Gujarat of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which is actively campaigning to overthrow the ruling BJP.
Issoudan Gardewia former journalist and TV anchor, won 73 percent of the vote in an AAP survey on who should be the chief minister of its Gujarat state.
AAP provides a phone number and asks people to call and say their choice.
After conducting similar polls, the party picked Bhagwant Singh Mann as its candidate for chief minister in Punjab.
Isudan Gadhvi, 40, joined AAP in June last year. Before his first political entry, he hosted one of the most-watched TV news stories in Gujarat.
“The son of a humble farmer like me has been given such a huge responsibility in Arvind Kejriwal’s politics,” Mr Gadvi said in a stirring speech following the announcement.
“I will do my best. God gave me everything. Now I want to give my Gujaratis everything they need…I will serve the people until my last breath.”
Gopal Italia, president of AAP Gujarat, is also running. It was Mr. Italy who contacted Mr. Gardewi last year to launch his move into politics and AAP. His decision was confirmed after a meeting with the AAP chief.
“Arvind Kejriwal told me that you raised the question of ordinary people and that people like you should join politics. If people like you and me don’t join politics, then corrupt people will run free. Politics is not my desire, but It was my coercion,” Mr Gardeway said.
Gujarat will vote on December 1 and 5 and the results will be announced on December 8.
Mr Gadhvi comes from a peasant family and belongs to the Other Backward Class (OBC) which makes up 48% of Gujarat’s population.