ARVIND KEJRIWAL, Delhi Chief Minister and national convener of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), on Sunday launched a blistering attack at local MP Kirron Kher, saying “Kirron Kher is an actress, who is just acting like a politician as the BJP MP from Chandigarh. She spends most of her time in Mumbai and is not concerned about the people of Chandigarh”.
Slamming the speech as a bundle of lies, Kher said, “Kejriwal should have done his homework before making any statement. I have the highest presence in Parliament. I am always present in Chandigarh every other day. Kejriwal is used to telling lies. In Delhi, there is hardly any authority, with which he hasn’t come into confrontation. Why have so many senior AAP leaders left the party? It’s only because of him. He was a product of the Anna Hazare movement and he also left him. Chandigarh will reject AAP and Kejriwal this time as well.”
Though AAP leaders were expecting the rally to be attended by more than 10,000 people, most of the chairs were empty.
AAP MP from Sangrur, Bhagwant Maan and BJP rebel MP Shatrughan Sinha, too, addressed the gathering after Arvind Kejriwal. Sinha arrived when Kejriwal had already left. Former finance minister Yashwant Sinha was also expected to attend the rally but he did not turn up.
Hammering the point that Kher was seldom present in the city, Kejriwal, who addressed the gathering for only around eight minutes, asked people who were fortunate to meet the MP at her house to raise their hands. He said, “Aap logo ne peechli baar Kirron Kher ko MP banaya. Aap jo itne log aye hai, jo koi Kirron Kher se mila ho, vo apna haath khada kar de. Kabhi aati hai Chandigarh? Vo Mumbai ki actress hai, usko filmen karni hai, filmon se usne paise kamanaye hai. Chandigarh ke logon ke saath to dhokha ho gaya, Chandigarh ke logo ko kya mila, vo shakal nahi dikhati, kabhi aati nahi hai. (You people elected Kirron Kher as MP last time. All you who have met the MP personally raise your hands. Does she come to Chandigarh? She is an actress from Mumbai. She has to do work in movies and earn money from movies. Chandigarh people were cheated…She does not show her face in Chandigarh.”
Kejriwal added, “Pichhli baar Modi lehar kai chakkar mai app logo ne Kirron Kher ko jita diya. Ye galthi is baar mat kar dena, is baar apne shehar ke admi Harmohan Dhawan ko vote dena. (Last time, you people voted for Kirron Kher in Modi wave. But this time please do not repeat the mistake. This time, you should vote for a man from Chandigarh, Harmohan Dhawan).”
Kejriwal, who left the stage immediately after finishing his speech for catching a flight for reaching Palwal, also narrated the achievements of his government in Delhi in the field of health, education, electricity supply and in civic amenities.
BJP rebel Shatrughan Sinha, MP from Patna, said, “The whole government is being run by two people — PM Narendra Modi and Amit Shah.” Sinha also spoke on the recent terrorist attack at Pulwama, in which at least 40 CRPF personnel were killed. He said, “History repeats itself. When earlier terrorist attacks took place, PM Narendra Modi, who is in power now, used to put questions to the then PM Manmohan Singh. And today when terrorist attacks are taking place, we should ask PM Narendra Modi questions.”
Criticism in couplets
Sangur MP Bhagwant Maan addressed the gathering in his inimitable style. He read couplets targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Kirron Kher. He demanded votes for Harmohan Dhawan. Maan also targeted Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh. He said, “Amarinder Singh prefers to confine himself in his palace. And whenever he comes out, he goes to hills.”