Chandigarh: She is not the conventional politician. Gul Panag, a Bollywood actor with a pronounced dimple, rides a Royal Enfield 350 cc bike, jogs at the Sukhna Lake to meet people, walks in parks and shares a quick bite of rajma-chawal with students at Panjab University's popular haunt.
Miss India, model, actor and now politician, Gul Panag is doing unconventional things as she goes about her 18-20 hour hectic schedule to cover the political ground for the April 10 election to the Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat.
Picked by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) as its replacement candidate after the original choice Savita Bhatti for the Chandigarh seat opted out, Gul found herself in the middle of mainstream politics - coming straight from Bollywood's glamour world.
Pitted against four-time and sitting MP Pawan Kumar Bansal of the Congress and the BJP's Kirron Kher, another actor and TV personality, Gul is putting up a good fight to woo Chandigarh's over 600,000 electorate.
Though most of her campaign is on foot, which she attributes to lack of funds and says that this helps her meet more people, Gul, dressed in Jeans and a cotton kurta with a scarf around her neck, has been seen driving around on a Royal Enfield motorcycle, which has been borrowed from a friend here, with a helmet on her head during her campaign.