BRAVING rain that lashed the city on Thursday morning, Gul Panag, the AAP candidate from Chandigarh, added glamour quotient to the campaign of H S Phoolka.
However, Phoolka himself was not present with Panag as the party said he had gone to Delhi in connection with a case against Jagdish Tytler regarding the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
Many locals came out to have a glimpse of the celebrity-turned-politician. While she took help of an umbrella when it drizzled throughout the road show which started from Pakhowal road, she kept asking people to “vote for pade likhey log” and not “khelne wale log”. (Vote for the educated ones, not those who play dirty politics).
While talking to the media, Panag claimed that “in Chandigarh, both Congress and BJP are immensely tense and worried because of AAP”.
Asked if she was confident enough about victory in Chandigarh, she said, “I am not an astrologer but the response of people says so. BJP and Congress are accepting themselves that they are not facing heat from each other but Aam Aadmi Party. This shows that we are going to win.”
Like she rode motorcycles on the streets of Chandigarh while campaigning, Panag was quick to get on a city bus at Bharat Nagar Chowk, and travelled up to Mata Rani Mandir Chowk, greeting all passengers inside.
People asked for AAP caps and badges from Panag. “I know you people will take the right decision this time. You were caught between ‘kuan’ and ‘khaai’ for so many years.
However, now we are here with a change, a new revolution,” said Panag, addressing people at various intersections like Chaura Bazaar, Bharat Nagar Chowk and Clock Tower.
In Field Ganj, she was honoured by Muslim community. On being asked about the so-called Modi wave in the country, she said, “When someone spends such huge amounts on advertisements and public relations, then hype will be created automatically. This does not mean it is a hype among voters.”
“The road show completely compensated the poor show of Rakhi Birla on Wednesday. Today people came out in huge numbers unlike yesterday,” said an AAP worker.