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In new role, Kher searches for support

chandigarh Updated: Mar 21, 2014 07:39 IST
Monica Sharma

Actor Kirron Kher found herself in a role that she had never played before real life on Thursday. The actor-turned-politician was seen fumbling in her dialogue delivery.

Kher was addressing a press conference in the afternoon at the party office in Sector 33 and was hard-pressed when journalists put her knowledge of local issues to the test.

There were no re-takes and there was precious little assistance from colleague and party leader ‘director’ Sanjay Tandon.

She used her professional acting skills in an apparent attempt to sidetrack and evade questions. However, the BJP candidate from
Chandigarh failed in her endeavour as she found herself cornered on some local issues.

She was questioned on the total number of Sectors in the city and the enormity of water scarcity. Kher tried to dodge the question and switched to Punjabi to give the conversation an informal touch.

She said, “I know the water supply timings (Mainu pata kine baje pani aaunda), but failed to get into specifics.”

“I will come out with the specifics in my manifesto, watch out for it.”

She winked and also tried to wriggle out of the situation by portraying a nexus between the reporters. “I know darling what are you up to,” she said.

All this while, senior BJP leaders Tandon and Satya Pal Jain, were sharing the dais with her. Information was whispered into her ears, but apparently the answers did not leave the media satisfied.

The development, seemingly trivial, is significant as it indicates that the party leadership is perhaps not guiding her properly on local issues.

So much so, that Kher whose candidature was announced on March 15 has not gone into campaigning mode as yet. She has only attended couple of meetings including with industrialists.

Taking into consideration the infighting that has plagued the BJP soon after the announcement of her name as the party candidate from Chandigarh, the possibility of deliberate attempts to spoil her image of “Chandigarh de kudi” cannot be ruled out.

What gives credibility to the theory of her own party members working against her is the fact that she was greeted with black flags and slogans upon her arrival after the announcement of her name.

On allegations that she had been para-dropped, Kher said: I have studied in Chandigarh and played badminton representing Panjab
University. I am Majha’s daughter and I am local.”

Also claiming that she felt bad on the other contenders not getting tickets, she added: “I have not joined the army, where seniority will matter.”

On Chandigarh, she said that the city had witnessed a decline in quality of life and alleged that Congress MP Pawan Bansal failed to think on improving the city’s infrastructure.”Why has Bansal, even after being in power for the last 15 years done nothing for the city? He was seen accompanying the PM most of the time.”