Karnal: As Haryana goes to polls on October 15, Karnal MP Ashwini Kumar Chopra visited his constituency on Thursday to campaign for his Bharatiya Janata Party candidate Manohar Lal Khattar. Backing Khattar, Chopra said that he is a strong and honest candidate.
Chopra rejected the claim that Khattar is an outsider saying, "Even I was an outsider for this constituency but people accepted me, loved me and gave me 6 lakh votes. I am sure that people will accept Khattar too."
As Khattar is not from Karnal, the Congress is playing the outsider card. According to Congress candidate Surendra Singh Narwal, Khattar is an outsider. "Even people at Modi's rally in Karnal shouted slogans 'Bahari bhagao, Karnal bachao' (Send the outsider back home, save Karnal), Narwal said.
Before joining the BJP, Khattar worked as an RSS worker for almost 45 years. Praising Khattar, Chopra said, "He is a very good candidate. He is strong, honest and wants to do something for the society."
In Karnal, the BJP is trying to garner votes in the name of Prime Minister Narnedra Modi and there are huge posters, hoardings and even the message sent across the constituency highlights Modi.
When questioned why the candidate is not being highlighted, Chopra said, "The Modi wave is still on. There are so many regional factors and circumstances in Haryana have also changed. The Assembly polls are going to be a real test for the BJP."
When asked about the controversial remarks by Khattar wherein he said that girls should wear 'decent' clothes, Chopra said, "It is a modern time and girls are free to wear whatever they want. At the age of 65, people become a little orthodox."
Even though Modi said that no ticket will be given to the relative of any leader, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's sister Vandana Sharma managed to get one from Safidon. When asked about the change in the stand within the party, Chopra refused to comment.