The BJP’s candidate for the city, Kirron Kher, courted controversy on Thursday by giving a campaign speech on the Panjab University campus reportedly without seeking prior permission from the varsity authorities.
Hours after she left, the National Students Union of India (NSUI) filed a written complaint to PU dean of students welfare Navdeep Goyal alleging her visit to canvass for votes had not been authorised and that she had also passed “derogatory” remarks’ against candidates of other parties.
However, Goyal, when contacted, stated the permission had been taken by some students for an interaction programme with Kirron’s husband, Anupam Kher. “I’ll forward the complaint to the election returning officer for necessary action,” he added.
The event, organized by the BJP-affiliated students body, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), was to begin at 1 pm in which Anupam was scheduled to participate but he turned up at around 3:00 pm.
In the meantime Kirron arrived at the campus and addressed the gathering, targeting Congress party as well as AAP leaders.
When contacted, chief of BJP’s local unit Sanjay Tandon said he was not aware of any such complaint. “As far as I know the event wasn’t related to the poll campaign. If a complaint is filed our legal experts will look into it,” he said.
In her speech Kirron said AAP was trying to confuse young people and accused the Congress’ Pawan Kumar Bansal of neglecting development and and other key problems facing the city.
After he arrived on the campus, Anupam began by with saying he was “apolitical” but his wife was “the kind of person the city needs today”.
Poll contestants made a beeline for the campus on Thursday with AAP candidate Gul Panag making a short appearance and having lunch there. The JDU’s candidate, Surinder Bhardwaj, was also seen campaigning at PU. Later in the evening, Bansal addressed a public meeting held at the Mori Gate ground.
She also criticised Sonia Gandhi for her reported meeting with Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid.