A day after Congress candidate Pawan Bansal called the BJP's Lok Sabha candidate an “outsider”, Kirron Kher hit out at him and said she was daughter of the city and would not let people destroy it.
Speaking at a rally in Manimajra on Sunday, she said she had been visiting the city almost every month.
“It is just that only now I have been attending public meetings. Being Shaheed Bhagat Singh's martyrdom day, I also come from same area from where he was born and is like him only. … I am daughter of Chandigarh and cannot let the house (Chandigarh) destroyed (by people),” she said.
Kirron asked Bansal that he was in the city for the past 15 years but what did he do for the development of city.
“When people visit him with their problems, he makes excuses. People from villages and colonies and those living in sectors are distressed,” she said, while promising that she would set up a grievance redressal system cell and single-window system for the complaints of residents.
In the meeting, senior party leader Harmohan Dhawan also lashed out at Bansal and said he didn't have a daughter and so he didn't value the importance of a daughter. “She is daughter of Chandigarh. After marriage she went to Mumbai like any other daughter. The city also belonged to her. She has come back and it is our duty to ensure her victory,” he said.
City BJP chief Sanjay Tandon and senior party leader Satya Pal Jain was also present in the meeting.
Meanwhile, Tenants Welfare Association also organised a meeting in Sector 41 which was attended by Tandon.
Speaking on the occasion, Tandon targeted Bansal and termed the Congress regime as “non-performing”. He also highlighted the problems being faced by residents and said the BJP would try to solve these problems.
The BJP also opened an election office in block number 18 which was inaugurated by Dhawan.
Independent councillor joins BJP
Independent councillor Gurcharan Singh Kala who joined the BJP in a rally in Manimajra on Sunday had previously been associated with the party. He joined the BJP along with his nearly 200 supporters. He won two elections on BJP ticket from Manimajra and in 2011 and parted ways from the party and won from the same seat as independent. He is considered Dhawan loyalist and enjoy a considerable influence in Manimajra and its neighbouring areas.
Tandon terms Kher is 'Asha ki Kirron'
Speaking at a rally in Burail on Sunday evening, local unit chief Sanjay Tandon termed Kirron Kher as 'Asha ki Kirron' and said that huge participation of locals in the rally had already proved that she was going to win and work for the development of the party.
Speaking in the rally, Kirron again targeted Bansal for calling her an “outsider” and said, “A girl after marriage leaves her maiden home and settles in matrimonial home. Does that mean that she doesn't belong to the place where she was born and raised? Does she not owe anything to her maiden home after marriage, she asked, further calming that Pawan Bansal should stop deluding the common man and should stop giving 'non-serious facts'.