Local member of Parliament (MP) Pawan Kumar Bansal was cornered by the members of a local industrial association on Monday where Bansal, along with other contesting candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, were called for an interactive session.
Besides Bansal, Kirron Kher from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Gul Panag from Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Jannat Jahan from Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) were called in at different time slots to discuss issues faced by industrialists in the city.
Arvind Mehan, vice-president from the association, addressing Bansal said the entire industry was upset with the present governance and nothing much had been done to address their issues.
While Bansal tried to wriggle out of the situation and used the blaming tool extensively, the three women candidates, besides assuring the industrialists that their demands would be met, tried to justify that each one of them was the actual ‘daughter of city’. Trying to connect with the audiences, all four contestants conversed in Punjabi.
Bansal blamed the previous UT administrator, the UT administration and the BJP for not allowing him to take up the issues related to the industry.
He claimed that he was wrongly implicated in the booth allotment scam and that put a full stop on the work that he could get out of the administration.
“The previous administrator was very rigid and often became offensive if I pursued any matter with him,” added Bansal. Though Bansal kept assuring that he would take up the issue, the members concluded saying that it was the will, which was required, and they would support the MP if he showed the same.
Meanwhile, Jannat Jahan, playing the card of being daughter of an industrialist, said she was well aware of the issues being faced by the industry.
She took a dig at both Kher and Panag, calling them outsiders, and said, “I have lived in the city all my life, and Bansal has done nothing in the past 15 years; it is time for change.”
Though Gul Panag’s speech was the smartest, rather than providing any solution to the issues citied by the association, she kept saying, “I fail to understand why these demands haven’t been met so far.” To this Mehan said, “I think you should come back to us before April 10 when you understand the issues.”
Playing safe, Kirron Kher handed over the dice to BJP local unit chief Sanjay Tandon, who spoke on the issues and how BJP would do everything to fulfil the demands. Later, Kher took over and repeated what Tandon had said and said they intend to do lots better as compared to the present MP.