Kirron Kher Opts Out of 2024 Lok Sabha Elections Owing to Health Concerns

Veteran actor Kirron Kher, BJP MP from Chandigarh, decides not to contest 2024 Lok Sabha elections due to health concerns after cancer treatment. Prioritizes personal well-being, continues to serve party in other capacities.

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Kirron Kher Opts Out of 2024 Lok Sabha Elections Owing to Health Concerns

Kirron Kher Opts Out of 2024 Lok Sabha Elections Owing to Health Concerns

Veteran actor Anupam Kher recently shared an interview with his wife, Kirron Kher , who has been serving as the BJP MP from Chandigarh. In the interview, Kirron revealed her decision not to seek re-election in the upcoming 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

Kirron clarified that she had requested to be exempted from contesting this time, rather than being 'dropped' from candidacy. The decision comes after her recent battle with cancer, which required extensive treatment and caused her to miss out on a year in Chandigarh. "I did not want my party to suffer because of my absence," Kirron explained in the interview with Times Now.

The two-time National Film Award winner has been a prominent and popular BJP leader in Punjab, securing over 2 lakh votes in the 2019 elections. However, her health took priority as she underwent treatment in Mumbai for about a year.

Kirron met with BJP president JP Nadda and Home Minister Amit Shah to discuss her decision. She expressed appreciation for the support she received from Prime Minister Narendra Modi during her illness, who reassured her not to worry about her parliamentary duties. "The Prime Minister was very kind and called me when I fell ill, urging me to relax," Kirron mentioned.

Why this matters: Kirron Kher's decision to opt out of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections highlights the importance of prioritizing personal health and well-being, even for public figures in high-profile positions. It also highlights the need for political parties to have contingency plans in place to ensure continuity and effective representation for their constituents.

Moving forward, Kirron expressed her desire to continue serving the party in other capacities, both in entertainment and politics. Amit Shah acknowledged her efforts as a party worker in Chandigarh, and Sanjay Tandon will be contesting from the Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat for the BJP in this election cycle.

Kirron Kher's decision to prioritize her health and step back from the 2024 Lok Sabha elections has been met with understanding and support from her party leaders. As she focuses on her recovery, the BJP will look to Sanjay Tandon to carry forward the party's work in Chandigarh. Kirron remains committed to contributing to the party in other ways, as she eagerly awaits new opportunities to serve in the future.

Key Takeaways

  • Kirron Kher, BJP MP from Chandigarh, will not contest 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
  • Kher requested exemption due to her recent cancer treatment and absence from Chandigarh.
  • BJP will field Sanjay Tandon as its candidate from Chandigarh in 2024 elections.
  • Kher expressed gratitude for PM Modi's support during her illness.
  • Kher plans to continue serving the party in other capacities, both in entertainment and politics.