Chandigarh: AAP candidate Gulkirat Kaur Panag struck an emotional chord with retired and serving officers and their families during a bimonthly get together of the Veteran Sikh Regiment Officers Association at Defence Services Officers’ Institute (DSOI) here today.
Gul, who was not sporting her party’s trademark ‘aam aadmi’ cap, said, “I owe every ounce of what I am today to the armed forces. I am the granddaughter, daughter and sister of the Sikh Regiment. For me, being here is like being home.”
The actress-turned-politician got swayed by emotions when the association passed a resolution to support her in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.
However, the lady making a foray in politics did not make any promise to them neither did she speak about how she would tackle the problems of ex-servicemen and their families. Rather, she banked upon her defence roots.
Issues pertaining to the city, however, did not crop up.
While campaigning for his niece at the gathering, Gul’s uncle Major General Charanjit Singh (retd) said, “The AAP cannot give money or liquor to influence voters, but can give an incorrupt Member of Parliament (MP)”.
On the sidelines of the event, Gul went all guns blazing against the Ministry of Defence. She said, “The ministry is highly corrupt and is not soldier welfare-friendly at all. Even for basic rights, including disability pension and war-widow pension, soldiers and their families have to fight cases in the Supreme Court.”
She claimed, “Right before the Lok Sabha elections, the Congress, in order to woo defence voters, came up with One Rank, One Pension (OROP) scheme. The party does not have any interest in the welfare of the soldiers.”
Source: The Tribune
All support to her because of her party, however nothing Sikh about her. Sikhi tan waich didti jattan nay.
I highly appreciate `Sikh Sangat’ to give coverage to `Gulkirat Kaur Panag/Gul Panag’ who is contesting election for MP seat from Chandigarh. She is my daughter-in-law, in other words great-grand-daughter-in-law of General Sardar Sham Singh Attariwala and daughter of General H S Panag. She is a brilliant speaker,great Actor and an Activist of highest order. Through your Media,I most earnestly request all readers,viewers,members to vote for her. please pass a word around to all your relations and friends living in Chandigarh-to please vote for her. With regards. Deg Teg Fateh – Chhardi Kala. Colonel Harinder Singh Attari