new Delhi: Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Thursday claimed that the BJP is considering replacing Jai Ram Thakur as the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh ahead of the assembly elections in the state.

Addressing a press conference, he said the BJP wants to make a big difference due to the fear of defeat in the elections coupled with the rising “popularity” of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener Arvind Kejriwal.

Sisodia claimed, “We have come to know from very reliable sources that BJP wants to replace Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur with Anurag Thakur as it fears Arvind Kejriwal’s popularity and his model of governance in Delhi.” The people of the state are disappointed with the Jai Ram Thakur government, which has “completely failed”, and therefore, they want to give their mandate to the AAP in the upcoming assembly elections, he said.

The senior AAP leader said his party is getting “very good response” from the people of Himachal Pradesh. “Switching faces before the elections will not help the BJP to hide the failures of its government in the state, and the Aam Aadmi Party will form its government by winning the elections in Himachal Pradesh, whatever they (BJP) do now,” he said.

Arvind Kejriwal and Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann held a roadshow in Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday and promised to end corruption in the state like Delhi and Punjab, if voted to power. AAP claimed that three lakh people have joined their Himachal Pradesh membership drive so far.