Congress candidate Pawan Bansal’s day starts even before sunrise. As clock strikes 5.30am, four-time Lok Sabha MP is up for his day. A quick shower, long prayer is followed by a cup of tea. Though Bansal misses his daily walk, makes up lack of exercise during his campaign, which starts at 8am.
“I know 80,000 people by their names in Chandigarh and have served city for 40 years, which is more than Gul Panag’s age. Both my opponents BJP candidate Kirron Kher and AAP’s Gul Panag have made easy for me, but I take every election as a challenge,” quips Bansal.
While campaigning, Bansal is found hugging some octogenarians, greeting people with folded hands and humility.
5.30-8AM: Takes tea with biscuits, read 10 newspapers, meets workers at his house and assign them campaigning work.
8-9.45AM: At Sanjay Colony in Industrial Area his supporters greet him with dhol and dance. Bansal visits every house, interacts with dwellers and through public address system assures them of proper housing.
9.45-11AM: Leaves for his house and takes breakfast with his family. Holds discussion with workers over fixing meetings and himself finalises the plan. He says, “I do it myself as I want that public meetings or padyatras should be fixed in a way so that maximum area is covered in stipulated time.”
11AM - 1.30PM :
Starts for Manimajra where Congress supporters, comprising most of the senior party leaders, start raising slogans “Pawan Bansal zindabad”. He begins his padyatra, greets shopkeepers. He hugs some octogenarians, greets people with folded hands and humility.
One of the shopkeepers urges Bansal to have tea at his shop, “Sahab meni chai kaintzaam kiya hai, apni shop me, aap zarror aaiye (Sir, I have arranged for tea at my shop, please do come).” Giving no thought Bansal rushes to his shop.
Takes lunch and meets workers at his house.
Holds meeting with Mahila Congress workers at Advocate Society and Rehabilitation Colony in Sector 49 and Sector 44. Area residents complain of low water pressure and say they have been facing the problem from the past several months.
He assures them that soon after elections, problem will be sorted out.
Holds public meeting at Dhanas, Badheri, Kajheri, Nehru Colony, Sectors 27 and 53, and says the Congress has contributed a lot for development of city and pending projects will be completed soon.