Gurdaspur MP Partap Singh Bajwa believes he does not need to “teach” his wife Charanjeet Kaur — the Congress candidate from the Qadian assembly constituency — anything about campaigning.
“I don’t have to guide her as she has learnt everything that is to be learnt about elections and politics ever since we got married,” said Bajwa. “She is capable of managing her own campaign as there are a lot of people to help her, particularly Fateh (his brother).”
The Bajwa family has been in politics since 55 years and established “a lot of goodwill and credibility” in the area, he said.
He said Charanjeet was also banking on the “goodwill” he earned when he was minister from 2002-2007 and carried out development work in the area.
Bajwa said being an MP he had to visit other constituencies and canvass support for all party candidates in Gurdaspur district and even beyond. “I have visited various parts of Qadian constituency but I have confidence in the abilities of Charanjeet and Fateh,” he said. “Occasionally, of course, we three sit together to discuss strategic issues related to the campaign.”
He said their message to voters was that a Congress government in the state would be able to get more central funds as “we have our government at the Centre”.
He said besides working for people it was important for MLAs and MPs to be humble and make themselves available to residents of their constituency. “These qualities are a must and I know my wife has these,” he said.
Charanjeet said she had learnt a lot from her husband ever since he was the state Youth Congress chief in the early 1980s and then as MLA and minister. “My mother-in-law has been my guiding force all these years and still is,” she said.