Youth garners support for parents this assembly election
firstname.lastname@example.org 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...