Pawan Kumar Bansal says being a native gives him an edge over Kher who had settled in the city after winning the election in 2014.

May 16, 2019, 07.51 AM IST

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Pawan Kumar Bansal, a four-time Congress MP and former railway minister, believes his main opponent Kirron Kher has failed to make a connect with the city that he had nurtured in his previous tenures. In an interview with ET, he says being a native gives him an edge over Kher who had settled in the city after winning the election in 2014. Excerpts:

On Sam Pitroda’s remarks

It will have no effect on polls. In fact, yesterday while PM Narendra Modi was making a speech in front of Gurudwara at 34, the president of the Gurudwara honoured me with a Shirofa. Modi is trying to divide people, but Sikhs know that people like Pitroda don’t understand nuances of the matter.

On metro project for city

Metro is not entirely my brainchild, but experts recommended the project to tackle over 1.7 lakh vehicles that enter the city everyday. It will ease traffic rush and could go beyond the boundaries of the city.

On the performance of Kirron Kher

The planned budgetary allocation in 2019-20 fell to Rs 404 cr from Rs 813 cr in 2014-15. She has little connect with the city and won’t be able to name 22 villages of the city.

His achievements

There are numerous, but advance super specialty centre at PGI and 13 new trains connecting Chandigarh stand out.

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