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Chandigarh: After Savita Bhatti opts out of LS contest, AAP offers ticket to actor-model Gul Panag
By admin on March 11, 2014
Chandigarh: After late Jaspal Bhatti’s wife Savita Bhatti refused to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections on Aam Aadmi Party (Aap) ticket from Chandigarh seat, the Arvind Kejriwal-led party has offered its ticket to actor-model Gul Panag to fight the elections from here. She is likely to meet party leaders on Tuesday.
Panag had joined the party in February this year. Her purported role was to advise the AAP on strategic affairs.
Savita decided not to contest the polls after she was allegedly asked to talk about common people only, not Jaspal Bhatti, in her election rallies. “A party worker said that I should not be talking of Jaspal Bhatti. He was my husband, my motivation, he is a thought. Is it my fault that I was his companion? His vision and that of Arvind Kejriwal is very similar; both raised their voice against corruption. That is how I became attached to AAP,” she told a press conference here on Monday.
Around 200 people had applied for the AAP ticket for the Chandigarh seat. Of them, 31 were shortlisted. Several were called for interviews in Delhi, but none of them was selected.
Many of them bore a grudge against Savita for the manner in which the AAP leadership picked her. They did not turn up when she started her campaign. A section of party workers refused to be part of the party activities if she remained the candidate.