Youth gar­ners sup­port for par­ents this assem­bly elec­tion

HT Ludhiana Live - - In & Around -

Gur­pal Kaur

ludlivedes­k@hin­dus­tan­ LUDHIANA: With the assem­bly elec­tions in the state round the cor­ner and party con­tenders slog­ging it out by cam­paign­ing day and night, the chil­dren of some of these can­di­dates have come to the fore­front to favour their par­ents.

On Wed­nes­day, a group of women wear­ing tri­colour neck­bands were ac­com­pa­ny­ing a young girl wear­ing a long-red coat and high heels, along with a tra­di­tional 'dholie' at Baldev Na­gar. The group stopped in front of a door and ap­pealed to the woman, to sup­port Congress can­di­date Gur­mail Pehlawan.

Aman­deep Kaur (25), daugh­ter of Gur­mail Pehlawan con­test­ing from the Ludhiana (East) con­stituency is cov­er­ing dif­fer­ent ar­eas in her fa­ther's con­stituency. She says, "We get to know the dif­fi­cul­ties of lo­cal res­i­dents such as un­hy­gienic con­di­tions, poverty and poor roads, dur­ing the cam­paign­ing process and re­gard­less of my age, I am get­ting a good re­sponse," Aman­deep ap­peared for the PCS ex­am­i­na­tion re­cently and is await­ing her re­sults.

She adds, "It is not my fa­ther con­test­ing for a seat, but a bat­tle for the en­tire fam­ily as we sup­port him in his en­deav­our. We go for door-to- door cam- paign in the morning and later at­tend 'nukkad meet­ings.'

Nikhil Bhan­dari (27) is sup­port­ing his fa­ther Pro­fes­sor Ra­jin­der Bhan­dari, a Bhar­tiya Janata party (BJP) can­di­date, in cam­paign­ing. With folded hands he urges the lo­cal res­i­dents to vote for his fa­ther in the com­ing assem­bly elec­tions.

Nikhil says, "This is the first time I am cam­paign­ing for my fa­ther and the ex­pe­ri­ence has been over­whelm­ing. As my fa­ther comes from an aca­demic back­ground, a num­ber of young­sters are lend­ing sup­port to him, which has made my job eas­ier." Nikhil has done his MBA from Chandi­garh and is cur­rently sup­port­ing his fa­ther, in cam­paign­ing.

He adds, "My younger brother, who is pur­su­ing MBBS is busy with his in­tern­ship, else he would have joined the cam­paign­ing process." Ev­ery­day he cov­ers 2- 3 ar­eas and also at­tends the party meet­ings.

Jharna Bansal (19) is the niece of Parveen Bansal, BJP can­di­date from Ludhiana ( North) con­stituency. She says, "Our coun­try is a vic­tim of cor­rup­tion and the youth is its main tar­get. We can spread aware­ness among the youth to save them from get­ting cor­rupted."

Like these young­sters, Shi­ro­mani Akali Dal (SAD) can­di­date from Ludhiana (South) con­stituency Hakam Singh Gi­aspura's sons Jas­pal Singh and Gur­mukh Singh reach out to the gen­eral pub­lic to garner sup­port for their fa­ther lend­ing a youth­ful touch to his cam­paign trail.

Aman­deep Kaur, daugh­ter of Congress can­di­date Gurmeil Pehlwan from Ludhiana (East) con­stituency, cam­paign­ing at Baldev Na­gar; and Jharna Bansal, niece of BJP can­di­date Parveen Bansal from Ludhiana (North) con­stituency, cam­paign­ing at Brind­a­ban Road on...

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