Gul Panag hits out at Modi for remarks on Kargil martyr Batra

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bilaspur
  • Updated: Apr 29, 2014 23:56 IST

Bollywood actress turned politician and AAP candidate for Chandigarh Gul Panag said though Narendra Modi, at his rally in Palampur, had been all praise for Capt Vikram Batra, who was awarded the Parma Vir Chakra for his sacrifice in the Kargil war, he had no qualms about his party fielding a candidate against Batra’s mother.

“If the BJP is so concerned about fallen army soldiers and their families, why did it decide to run against Vikram’s mother, Kamal Kanta Batra, whom AAP has fielded from Hamirpur?” she asked.

Panag was attending a roadshow in Bilaspur, Bari, Barmana to canvass for Kamal Kanta Batra. She also asked lawyers as well as journalists to support the party in its endeavour to bring about transparency in the country’s polity.

Hitting out at BJP and Congress’ Hamirpur candidates, she said: “Though the BJP candidate represented the constituency in Parliament for six years, he was more interested in cricket and did nothing to resolve people’s problems. I don’t know which party the other candidate represents.”

Kamal claimed former chief of army staff and BJP member, Gen VK Singh did virtually nothing for the welfare of ex-servicemen during his tenure. “He himself got caught up in a raging controversy and now, to realise his political ambitions, is trying to win over voters by harping on the ‘One rank one pension’ issue.”

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