The Bharatiya Janata Party workers continued to be in denial mood even after two days, when the party announced bollywood actress Kirron Kher as the candidate for parliamentary elections, setting aside all three contenders from local BJP.
The party preferred Kher over Chandigarh BJP unit chief Sanjay Tandon, senior leader Satyapal Jain and veteran Harmohan Dhawan.
As the quintessential Bollywood mummy arrived at the city airport around 12 noon, protests were held by a section of BJP workers at Tribune roundabout, sector 47 and colony number 4.
Kher arrived in the city to a packed airport with BJP workers present to welcome her along with local unit chief Sanjay Tandon.
While Kher’s cavalcade proceeded toward the party office, black flags were shown and protests were held raising slogans against Kher. Chaos ruled at Sector 33 Bharatiya Janata Party office’Kamlam’ as Kher descended along with her actor husband Anupam Kher and BJP affairs in-charge for Chandigarh Aarti Mehra.
Kher reached the office to a thin presence of party workers in support of her candidature. She reached to a divided house at the office with half of them raising slogans against her and the others in her favour.
The unrest was so much that a section of workers also pelted stones and eggs on the car of actor Anupam Kher who left the venue after some time.
Despite being denied ticket Jain and Tandon were present to welcome Kher, but Harmohan Dhawan was conspicuous with his absence.
Kher’s interaction with the workers at the party office was interrupted as a group of workers started raising slogans and demanded the rolling back of ticket. The workers said they did not want any outsider to contest from the city. Sarpanch from Hallomajra J D Gupta along with others raised slogans against Kher and said that a local leader should be fielded. The entire hall echoes with slogans for nothing less than an hour.
BJP affairs in-charge for Chandigarh Aarti Mehra sending out a message and trying to pacify the party workers said whosoever the party leadership will declare as candidate the workers will ensure to make the candidate victorious. Answering a query that Kher was based in Mumbai, Mehra said the actress will show how a people’s representative works after winning.
The local unit chief Sanjay Tandon said some of the workers have expressed their feelings but within next few days the things will fall in place.