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Lok Sabha election: No Modi wave, only ‘nirasha’ in Chandigarh, says Congress candidate Bansal

While Kirron is again banking on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity to secure second successive win, Bansal hit at her stating that Chandigarh is one place where Modi factor can never work because it’s a city of wise and educated people who value only good work.

lok-sabha-elections Updated: Apr 26, 2019 22:51 IST
Vivek Gupta
Vivek Gupta
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Congress candidate Pawan Kumar Bansal filed his nomination papers on Friday.
Congress candidate Pawan Kumar Bansal filed his nomination papers on Friday. (HT Photo)
         

There is no Modi wave but only five years of ‘nirasha’ (disappointment) that will decide the votes in Lok Sabha elections for the Chandigarh seat this time, said Congress candidate Pawan Kumar Bansal while taking a jibe at the rival Bharatiya Janata Party nominee Kirron Kher, who is seeking re-election, as he filed his nomination papers on Friday.

While Kirron is again banking on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity to secure second successive win, Bansal hit at her stating that Chandigarh is one place where Modi factor can never work because it’s a city of wise and educated people who value only good work.

“It’s only ‘kaam’ (work) factor that had worked in the past and will work this time too,” said Bansal, adding that the city’s entire governance came to a standstill during Kirron’s tenure and it fared miserably in Swachh Survekshan and smart city rankings.

“All my efforts will be directed towards regaining the city’s pride that has been lost during the BJP’s tenure,” he said.

The four-time Congress MP also took on Kirron on the metro rail project, questioning as to why she shelved the project all of sudden after being in its favour initially. “As an alternative, she talked monorail, but hasn’t moved an inch on it,” he said.

‘No worries about star status’

Questioned as to how he will counter the Kher couple’s star status, he said elections are not a film studio.

“Here public work and debate is involved. My identity has always been my work, and such things don’t affect me,” he said.

On the possibility of Bollywood personalities arriving in the city to canvass for Kirron, Bansal said: “Let them come here. At least people will get to see them without spending anything. City voters are educated and know how to cast their votes.”

Commenting on Anupam Kher’s reply (‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’) to a question on Kirron’s non-performance the previous day, Bansal said: “What a surprising answer? Don’t we all hail Mother India and swear to protect it?”

A show of strength ends with 32 challans

Earlier, Bansal used the nomination day as a show of strength. A huge crowd of supporters started building up at the party office in Sector 35 since morning.

Local leaders Pardeep Chhabra, Devender Singh Babla and HS Lucky kept the crowd charged before Bansal arrived amid thumping beats of the dhol and shouting of slogans. Then a huge cavalcade of vehicles followed Bansal as he left the party office at 11:30 am to file his papers. He also visited the Gandhi Smarak in Sector 16 to pay obeisance to Mahatma Gandhi before heading to the deputy commissioner office in Sector 17.

Even as Bansal appealed to his supporters repeatedly to follow traffic rules, 32 challans were issued during the road show. The number is half of those issued during BJP’s rally as Kirron went to file her nominations on Thursday.

While 29 challans were issued to four-wheelers for dangerous driving, one was issued for driving without seat belt. Two two-wheelers were also challaned, one for driving on the slip road and another to a bike for having a modified silencer and triple-riding.

Deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Charanjit Singh Virk said any political party found violating traffic rules while campaigning will not be spared.

First Published: Apr 26, 2019 22:51 IST