Chandigarh: Will the wind (Pawan) blow out others again this time? Will the new flower (Gul) blossom? Will there be a ray (Kirron) of hope? Or will the people settle for heaven (Jannat)? The names of the candidates apart, Chandigarh surely is witnessing its most interesting contest for the lone Lok Sabha seat here.
Pitted against the sitting MP and Congress leader Pawan Kumar Bansal are three women candidates - Kirron Kher (BJP), Gulkirat Kaur Panag (Gul Panag) of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Jannat Jahan-ul-Haq (Bahujan Samaj Party).
Chandigarh's election this time may not have anything to do with Bollywood flick "Ladies vs Ricky Bahl", in which three women are conned by the hero and they try to get back at him, but the three ladies here are definitely giving Bansal a run for his money.
This is the first time in Chandigarh that three women candidates from mainline political parties are contesting against the sitting MP. In the 2009 election, there was only one woman candidate, an independent, against Bansal.
Two of these main candidates, Kirron Kher and Gul Panag, are actresses from Mumbai's film and TV industry. While Gul is a former Miss India (1999), Kher is the wife of actor Anupam Kher. Both women had earlier lived and studied in Chandigarh.