Bollywood actress and social activist Gul Panag has been tipped to be named the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) candidate from Chandigarh in the parliamentary elections, after satirist Jaspal Bhatti's widow, Savita Bhatti, declined to accept the ticket on Saturday evening. However, the party has refused to comment on the matter.
Panag, 35, a Chandigarh resident, has become known over the years for her social work. Sources close to AAP said party leaders had been looking for a candidate with a “clean image” and talks were on with the actress.
Gul Panag was studying at a college in Patiala when she won the Miss India title in 1999. She graduated in political science from Panjab University. She later entered the Bollywood film industry and has acted in several Hindi movies.
Lately, Gul Panag has been taking up social causes, including the campaign against female feticide. She had organised Joy Run, a nonprofit event that gave NGOs engaged in social work an opportunity to promote their causes.
Meanwhile, her father, Lt Gen HS Panag (retd), said: "Talks are going on and if her candidature is announced then I would expect the media to support her. If given the party ticket she will be the youngest poll candidate in the city”.