Launching door-to-door campaigning on Monday, Congress candidate Pawan Bansal went around the inner markets of Sectors 7 and 8 and met each and every shopkeeper there.
Amid the beating of dhols and raising of slogans in the favour of Congress and Bansal, shopkeepers welcomed him and other senior party leaders with garlands. Bansal received tremendous support from them and got assurance that what would fetch him votes was his performance in the past 15 years, which had changed the face of city markets.
Those accompanying Bansal included former mayors Raj Bala Malik, Subhash Chawla, Pawan Sharma, Davinder Babla; mayor HC Kalyan; Satish Kainth, Darshan Garg, Sheela Devi, Gurbax Rawat, Poonam Sharma and Rajiv Moudgil.
Meanwhile, during a public meeting at Timber Market, Bansal said over the years a lot had changed and he felt there was a need for bigger transport area.
He said the BJP was trying to divert the attention of people by saying no big project had come to the city because they have nothing to talk about. “It's for the voters to decide the fate of Chandigarh. BJP talks about projects, but ignores development in the field of health, education and infrastructure in the city,” said Bansal.
Former mayor Subhash Chawla said, “People know about the works being done by Bansal. On the other hand, the outsider from the opposition is not even aware of how many sectors are there in the city.”
“Will you call her from Mumbai if there's a small issue which needs to be resolved with personal intervention,” he said while referring to BJP candidate Kirron Kher.
The Congress padyatra reached Faidan village on Monday.
Bansal, who led the padyatra, was welcomed by villagers. Party workers and leaders present there told the villagers about the achievements of UPA government and they assured their full support, as villages were now at par with the city because of initiatives taken by Bansal for development.