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Kirron, Gul’s social media war made age an issue

Jyotsna Jalali, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, April 10, 2014
First Published: 12:42 IST(10/4/2014) | Last Updated: 12:45 IST(10/4/2014)

Taking digs at each other on cyber space emerged as the flavor of the campaign for the two celebrity candidates in fray for the Chandigarh seat --BJP’s Kirron Kher and AAP’s Gul Panag.

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Sample this: On March 19, Gul, in a not so subtle reference to Kirron’s age tweeted: “Doubt if I’ll have the energy to run around like this and serve my people, when I’m 60. I guess that’s why there is normally a retirement age.”

To this, Kher retorted: “My father is 101-years-old and still happening. He told me to ‘Good luck Puttar. You have always been a winner. For me Life starts at 60.”

Hardly had the exchange left public memory that Kirron escalated the cyber pitch by calling Panag a ‘bimbo’. Gul countered this by saying that she would not want to stoop so low.

From then on, the exchanges between the two women got increasingly personal with feather-weight and heavy-weight entering the discourse.

These candidates and the others also increasingly used the social media space to raise their voice against the Congress candidate, sitting MP Pawan Bansal and tom-tom their local connect with the city.

However, in this debate of who actually belongs to the city they were also joined by BSP candidate Jannat Jahan on Facebook (FB), where she countered both the celebs, saying that she was the one who has actually been born, brought up and even married here in the city and is the daughter of this city.

Cyber space was also witness to the two leading ladies’ U-turn on the corruption issue with both deciding to rake up the issue, having previously decided not to dwell on the scam. Gul tweeted that Bansal had to decide if he is complicit or incompetent.

In addition to their personal following, their party management has also been active on social media. The BJP’s fan page on FB is full of digs at both Bansal as well as Gul. A post here talks of whether she too will take a U-turn here in the city like AAP leader Kejriwal in Delhi; for Bansal it talks of the Railgate scam.

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