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HindustanTimes Sat,30 Aug 2014

Chandigarh

Walking diva out on vote hunt
Monica Sharma , Hindustan Times
CHANDIGARH, March 28, 2014
First Published: 17:07 IST(28/3/2014)
Last Updated: 17:08 IST(28/3/2014)

Rigorous extentensive campaign on foot beginning 5am — that is the hallmark of the campaign that Aam Aadmi Party ( AAP) candidate Gulkirat Kaur Panag indulges in every day. Her cavalcade is simple and without the showing off of other national political parties, she tries to create awareness among masses on voting. Voters have to strain their minds to place her as she has mostly done well-meaning films with a social message and not the more entertainmentoriented roles.

She insists her endeavour is to reach out and says she makes it a point to make eye contact with all, especially women voters. “Jangal ka raja toh sher hota hai par shikaar toh sherni karti hai. (The Lion is the king of the jungle, but it is the lioness who hunts.”

It also seems apparent that she is putting in a lot of effort to woo voters, but the solidity to her campaign seems to be missing. It might be due to the newness of the Aam aadmi Party or whatever. It is difficult to put a finger to, but the feeling is palpable.

TIMELINE

6-7AM: Takes tea with biscuits. Leaves the house after doing pushups and sit ups to prepare for the strenuous day ahead.

7 - 10.30 AM: Walks extensively at Dhanas village, covering almost all the houses, waiving to the residents who were still getting up at about 7.30 am. Takes breakfast of boiled egg and bread in the car. Interacts with colony dwellers and villagers, telling them that party convener Arvind Kejriwal was doing good work. Gul moves ahead with party workers struggling to keep pace. After distributing pamphlets and urging residents to vote for AAP for a corruption-free country, leaves Dhanas.

11AM - 12NOON: Reaches Sector-15 market in her Scorpio followed by a pick-up mini carry van, with AAP flags. Largely middle-aged and senior citizens and some women form part of her entourage. She quickly heads on to the more posh Sector-11 market. Gul waves to youngsters having a meal.

“Go make your friends and boy-

friends vote,” she urges college girls having food at a dhaba, who later are questioning each other on who was the one they were talking to. She then buys a coffee for herself. Here, a young girl tells her: “I am a huge fan of yours.” The market is covered in minutes.

12NOON TO 2.45 PM: We are at the community kitchen outside the PGIMER. She hears patients and attendants; grievances. She has a quick bite of ‘kadi and chapati’. She hops on an CTU bus from outside PGIMER and gets down at Matka Chowk to walk down to the bank square in Sector 17.

Volunteers announce her name using loud speakers and a musical instrument, which appears like a small dhol. Gul takes a quick round while having tea before leaving for home.

3-5.30 PM: This is the time for media interaction and interviews at her house, besides a volunteer meet for about half an hour. She keeps biscuits and almonds handy to keep her going.

5.30-8.30 PM: A Nukkad sabha is held at Sector 21 and later at Kishangarh. “I will make sure the issues of Chandigarh are raised and the city is developed as a whole. Vote for change and corruption-free society.”


 


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