Aam Aadmi Party held a public rally at Chandigarh on Sunday, with the main speaker being the party supremo and Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal himself. However, the public turnout at the rally was obviously far below the expectations of the party which has been trying to make inroads into the northern provinces.
As a result of the low turnout, AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal was first forced to delay speech by more than an hour and later finish it up within minutes. Arvind Kejriwal hurriedly concluded his address with an apology saying that he has another rally scheduled in Haryana.
Kejriwal’s address to the rally was scheduled to take place at 1:30pm, but he kept delaying it hoping for the more people to turn up at the ground. At last, when the party realised that there were perhaps no ways to increase the number of people at crowd, Kejriwal was left with no option but to address the handful of people who had gathered.
In his brief address, Arvind Kejriwal attacked Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Chandigarh Kirron Kher and accused her of skipping Lok Sabha and Chandigarh both.
“How often have you seen Kirron Kher in Chandigarh? She is a busy actress and lives in Mumbai. Can you list even a single development work done by her?” Arvind Kejriwal asked people.
Interestingly, many people of Chandigarh are also not happy with Kirron Kher as she rarely visits Chandigarh.
The AAP will not be fielding a Bollywood star for Lok Sabha from Chandigarh constituency this time and has chosen former BJP leader Harmohan Dhavan as its candidate.
What remains to be seen is whether the BJP puts its bets on Kirron Kher again or not.
In the previous election, the BJP had a vote share of 42.2 per cent vote, and was followed by the Congress with 26.8 per cent vote share and the AAP with 24 per cent vote share.