Former Miss India and actor Gul Panag on Thursday joined Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and will be its candidate for Lok Sabha polls from Chandigarh, a place where she was born and describes as her “family’s home”.
Gul, whose father Lt. Gen (Retd.) H S Panag is one of the founding members of the Aam Aadmi Party, today joined Arvind Kejriwal’s outfit and has been declared as its candidate from the Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat. She replaces Savita Bhatti, widow of popular satirist-cum-actor, the late Jaspal Bhatti, who pulled out of the race earlier this week.
Her candidature was advertised by the AAP’s senior leader, Manish Sisodia, at the Chandigarh Press Club, where the public interview was marred by chaos after some “disgruntled” party activists endeavored to make their point heard. The party chooses to field Ms Panag after its past competitor Savita Bhatti.
On her joining electoral politics, Ms Panag said that the change which she envisaged for the country could not become a reality by merely standing in the sidelines. She said that while AAP provided the opportunity to fight against corruption, communal-ism, dynastic rule and crony capitalism, the leadership of Arvind Kejriwal offered hope for the common citizen to get his rightful place in a free country.
In their debut in politics, Gul said, “There comes a time in the history of every country that it’s just not possible to be on the sidelines anymore or be an armchair activist and take the plunge and I think change is made by those who show up and I have shown up right now, right here
On the BJP’s Prime Minister Candidacy Gul smiled and said, “I must clarify. Narendra Modi for PM was something that came out from absolute defeat and resignation and a sense of fait accompli”.
On other hand famous actor and popular humorist Bhagwant Mann has likewise been given the AAP party ticket from another seat in Punjab. The AAP Party known to indulge the aam janta is assembling a starry agreement on charming their target vote banks. Another Bollywood personality, vocalist Rabbi Shergill was additionally designated as the party’s candidate from Amritsar seat. On the other hand, Rabbi withdrew his name.