The two women — AAP’s Gul Panag and BJP’s Kiron Kher — did not leave any chance to take a dig at each other, and Congress’ Pawan Kumar Bansal made his share of jibes too. Throughout the session, the three candidates gave witty answers, indirectly referring to one another. But it was all in good humour, or so it seemed on the surface!
Who spoke least?
After Kirron Kher and Gul Panag shared their ‘vision’ more elaborately than him, Pawan Bansal quipped, “Sabse zyada Gul boli hain, uske baad Mrs Kher, aur sabse kum mein. (Gul has spoken the most, Kirron Kher came second, and I spoke the least.)
Kher in the city
After Kirron Kher repeatedly underlined her roots in Chandigarh, like her family house, Bansal remarked, “I came after you (to Chandigarh), but since I have come, I have remained permanent in the city. I never left. But Mrs Kher you left by the ’70s.” Kher replied, “I come here every month.”
As the metro rail was mentioned by Kher, and Bansal replied that it was not under the rail ministry that he had headed, she smiled, “I will get the metro, don’t worry!” Bansal replied, “Dil behlane ko khyaal achha hai (Keep building castles in the air).”
Speaking of humility
Gul Panag, who has been accused of taking potshots at Kher on Twitter, kept starting his sentences with, I want to state with utmost humility…” Soon, Bansal also said the same thing, and Kher commented, “Jeda banda kehnda hai ‘with respect’, ohi baad wich jutti marda hunde (Those who say these words later throw shoes at the other).”
Kher and Panag have been bickering particularly over age and fitness on the internet. When Panag again mentioned how she could run “21 km” at a go, Kher took a dig at Panag: “You are zipping by too fast. I hope you are meeting the voters.” Gul replied, “I can run, jump, skip and hop, and do all of that too. Don’t worry!”
Kirron later took another dig at Panag: “Even if I am nearing 60, I am in my senses. Don’t take me as a lightweight in politics.” Later, Kher started another mini-tirade out of nowhere: “I never speak in innuendo. My opponents have been speaking to me and each other in innuendo. I am far too straightforward for any of that.”