In her maiden municipal corporation (MC) House meeting on Friday, BJP’s new Chandigarh member of Parliament (MP) Kirron Kher tasted an unsavoury welcome from Congress councillors who targeted her over being politically inexperienced.
Kirron, who attended the MC meeting in the capacity of exofficio member of the House, arrived at 11.10am and after introductory welcome by the mayor and some BJP councillors, she stood up to talk about the city’s problems, which she read from four pages.
Dressed in a grey sari, Kirron listed out problems from stray dog menace to streetlights and dumping ground, not leaving behind even a single issue.
As Kirron finished her speech, Congress councillor Subhash Chawla lost his cool and said, “It seems the MP is not fully aware of the city’s problems and she has read whatever has been provided to her by BJP councillors.
I fear that her first meeting doesn’t turn to be the last one.” Reacting to this, BJP councillors said, “Is this the way to welcome the new MP? Now, it has been proved that the Congress has forgotten basic etiquettes and values.”
During the entire drama that continued for 20 minutes, the Bollywood actor kept smiling and said, “I enjoyed it”. She added, “Meri entry ho aur bijliyan na kadkein.
Mera rehearsal yahan MC mein hee ho gaya Lok Sabha session se pehle (How can there be no lightning on my entry. I have done a rehearsal in the MC only before attending a Lok Sabha session).”
Chawla even said that it was former MP Pawan Bansal who brought the city on the development path in the past 15 years. Instead of listing same- old problems, Kirron should have assured the House of future development agendas.
Both parties continued with the drama of defending their own MP before the House went for tea break.
Trying to control the situation, Kirron said, “I am not only MP for the BJP, but also for the Congress and other parties. We should not politicise the issue, but rather talk about the city’s development.”
Taking a dig at the BJP, Congress councillor Pardeep Chhabra said, “The new MP should be shown the recordings of the past MC meetings, revealing the behaviour of BJP councillors and the way they have been disrupting the House.”
After staying for nearly one hour in the MC, Kirron left to meet UT officers of the UT administration.