By Subhash K Jha
MUMBAI: When Kirron Kher landed in Chandigarh on Tuesday as BJP’s candidate for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections, she was apparently greeted by raised slogans and thrown eggs by disappointed locals who felt Kirron was an “outsider.”
Kirron’s husband Anupa, who was with her in Chandigarh by chance, laughs off the importance given to these protesters.
“There were just…maybe 7-8 protesters . A very negligible number of people.And I say, everyone has right to protest in a democracy. Neither Kirron nor I minded the protest.”
But why the protests?
“They probably felt there were others more qualified for the tickets. But they must understand if the high command thinks a particular candidate is eligible then we must all respect that decision and not throw tantrums, like a child who has been denied a toy.”
Anupam completely dismisses the enormity of the protests. “It was nothing. So much hue and cry is being made about a handful of protesters. What about the 500 supporters came to support and cheer Kirron at the airport? As for reports that eggs were thrown at her, please show me those eggs.I’d like to make omelettes of them.”
Anupam says his wife is not the least shaken by the protests.
“She is a strong woman, She is getting ready for a long innings in politics.As for me, I’ve no plans of ever getting into active politics. One politician in the family is enough.”
Incidentally, Anupam was in Chandigarh to promote his film Gang Of Ghosts. “What a beautiful coincidence. I am glad I could be here to see my wife take her initial steps in this new phase in her life,” signs of the never-say-‘dye’ actor.