Not only candidates, but also their f amilies went through the testing times when the counting of votes started for the 16th Lok Sabha election on Friday.
While it was rejoicing times for the family of BJP’s winning candidate Kirron Kher, but kin of her immediate rival Congress candidate Pawan Bansal, though dejected, accepted Narendra Modi wave to be the main factor for the BJP’s victory in the country. Kirron’s family members shared that they were sure of her victory since the time she was announced as the BJP candidate from Chandigarh. Kirron met her 101-year-old father at their Sector-8 residence, before going to the party office and counting centre in Sector 26.
Speaking to HT, Kirron’s father Thakar Singh Sandhu said, “I am happy for my daughter and was always sure of her winning the election. It is an overall victory for the entire BJP and Narendra Modi. I will stand by her throughout.”
Bansal’s family members, though upset, said they were hurt by the attitude of people.
Speaking to HT, Bansal’s son Manish Bansal said, “We did a lot of work for the people in Dhanas and even got them homes, but now after the results we feel that they cheated us.”
Manish accepted that it was the Modi wave that helped BJP sweep elections in the city. “The contestants in the city were not that strong and besides Modi wave, it was the AAP factor that is responsible for our losing. One never expected the BJP to perform the way they have done.”
Bansal’s wife Madhu Bansal was of the opinion that with the Congress losing all across India, it showed that a lot of work needed to be done to regain the party’s image. She added, “Bansal has done a lot for the city. Though he lost, he will continue to work for the residents.”
Mean while, though both first-timers AAP’s Gul Panag and BSP’s Jannat Jahan lost the election, their families seemed content with the results.
Speaking to HT, Gul Panag’s father Lt General HS Panag (retd) said, “Gul has made an impact and getting more than 1 lakh votes in the first time shows that people need change. We are here to stay. While I congratulate the BJP candidate, I must add that our party will be keeping a close watch on them. Gul has changed the game in the city and I am proud of her and her performance.”
Even at Jannat Jahan’s residence her family looked cheerful and said Jannat had made a good start in her first elections. Jannat’s husband Hafiz Anwar-Ul-Haq said, “I am satisfied with her performance and managing these many votes, among such heavy weights, is worth appreciation. We’ll improve our performance in the time to come.”