They would have many superstitions, but the top four contenders who have plunged into the Lok Sabha battle for Chandigarh seat claim to be atheist. Most of them say they offer prayers but do not believe in good or bad omens.
BJP candidate Kirron Kher appeared to be more candid as she admitted that she did not wash her hair on some days and always ensured that she puts right foot forward.
Sitting MP and Congress candidate Pawan Bansal, who was seen feeding a goat on May 10 last year, days after the ‘Railgate’ scam came to light, also said he did not believe in all these things. However, the goat was reportedly sacrificed later to ward off bad luck.
Offers rou-tine prayers and says he wears whatever comes his way. “I don’t really believe in such things. I believe in all religions and offer routine prayers,” says Congress candidate Pawan Bansal, but admits that one has to take care of certain things, in case predictions made by some turns out to be true. But the appeared hesitant to share.
Being the most frank in talking about lucky charms and superstitions , BJP candidate Kirron Kher says, “There is hardly time to think about these things. We are racing against time. I sometimes offer my prayers in my car only. Since childhood, I do not wash my hair on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. That is because my grandmother used to advise us not to do so. But I always keep in mind that whenever I am entering a vehicle or getting on to a stage, I put my right foot forward, believing that everything will be good after that.”
AAP ca n -didate Gul Panag says she never believes in good or bad omens. “We have been brought up like this. We never believed in don’t cut your nails at night or don’t wash your hair on some days. This has never been there in my case. I just fold my hands before God while leaving for campaigning and wish everything happens right,” she adds.
Wife of an astrologer, BSP candidate Jannat Jahan, strangely, also does not believe sin lucky charms and bad omens. She says even my husband tells me that work hard if you have to succeed. “I only pray twice: in the morning when I get up and before retiring for the day,” says Jannat, adding that she has everything what else she wanted in life. “I will go to Golden Temple and Mecca and Medina after the elections.”