New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: As the BJP overlooked the 1 pm deadline given by Arvind Kejriwal to announce a chief ministerial candidate for Delhi, the chief minister on Wednesday invited Home Minister Amit Shah for a public debate on any issue, saying the people of Delhi wanted to know why should they vote for the BJP in the February 8 polls.

He also questioned why the BJP did not clear roads near Shaheen Bagh, where a protest against the new citizenship law is underway for nearly two months.

"Debate is good, come, let us debate. Amit Shah said vote us, we will give you chief minister. Delhi wants to know why they should vote for BJP," said Kejriwal. 

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While releasing the party's poll manifesto on Tuesday, the AAP chief had dared the BJP to announce its chief ministerial candidate by 1 pm Wednesday and said he was ready for a public debate with the saffron party's CM face.

Kejriwal said if the BJP doesn't do so by then, he will meet the press to announce his next course of action.

He said people want to know who would be the BJP's chief ministerial face, claiming that people are saying why they should vote for the Bharatiya Janata Party if it does not have the CM candidate.

On Wednesday, Kejriwal also said that said if the person who fired at the anti-CAA protest site in Shaheen Bagh belonged to his party, he should be given "double punishment".

In a sensational revelation, the Delhi Police on Tuesday claimed that Kapil Baisala, alias Kapil Gujjar, who opened fire at the Shaheen Bagh protest site last week, is a member of the Aam Aadmi Party.

The revelation led to a war of words between the BJP and the AAP. While the BJP accused Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of "playing" with the security of the country, the AAP hit back, stating the saffron party was indulging "cheap politics". 

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta