Chandigarh Lok Sabha election result live updates: In Chandigarh, BJP leader Kirron Kher would be up against Congress candidate Pawan Kumar Bansal and AAP's Harmohan Dhawan. Kher, the actor-turned-politician has said that she is banking on the 'Modi wave' to win a second consecutive term.
Actor-turned-politician Kirron Kher is set for a second consecutive term as MP from Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat. Kher is leading over her nearest rival Pawan Kumar Bansal of Congress by a margin of over 40,000 votes.
Kher was up against Congress candidate Pawan Kumar Bansal and Aam Aadmi Party’s Harmohan Dhawan. Kher, the actor-turned-politician had said that she is banking on the ‘Modi wave’ to win a second consecutive term.
Chandigarh, India’s first planned city, has never required much intervention for governance over the years. But as time went by, the city has now started grappling with developmental issues that plague unplanned cities.
In the 2014 elections, Kirron Kher beat Pawan Kumar Bansal, a former union minister and four-time MP, by a margin of nearly 70,000 votes. Aam Aadmi Party had made a strong start with newcomer Gul Panag securing over 1 lakh votes.
Bansal has been in the Union government in multiple roles. He held the charge of Minister of State for Finance and Parliamentary Affairs Minister in UPA 1. He became the first Railway Minister from Congress party since 1996. On the other hand, Kher’s contribution includes setting up a film city in Chandigarh given her connections with the film industry.
Both Bansal and Dhawan have accused Kirron Kher of being an ‘absentee’ and staying out of Chandigarh most of the time. Kher said that winning her party’s trust and being given a ticket again has increased her responsibility. Kher blamed Bansal for doing nothing for Chandigarh while promising that she would bring the city to the top position in terms of cleanliness and sanitation.
Chandigarh went to polls with other Lok Sabha seats in Punjab in the last phase of Lok Sabha elections 2019 on May 19.