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Kin roots for Ambika in campaigning

chandigarh Updated: Apr 19, 2014 11:26 IST
Hillary Victor
Hillary Victor
Hindustan Times
SAS Nagar

Family members of Congress candidate from Anandpur Sahib constituency Ambika Soni, 71, are pitching in for her campaign by dividing the work among them. Her 80-year old husband takes care of visitors at their house in Sector 9, Chandigarh, while her 46-year old son, who is a businessman, develops and executes strategies to woo voters and schedule mother’s visit to various parts of the constituency.

Ambika’s husband, Udhay Soni, who is a retired officer from the Indian Foreign Service, holds fort at home and is seen interacting with party workers individually. He listens to their problems and tries to sort them out, to ensure that his better half tastes success.

“My husband is a great source of inspiration and takes care of visitors in my absence. He encourages me and points out my mistakes, so that I can improve upon them,” says veteran Congress leader Ambika Soni.

Former union minister’s son Anup Soni, who is businessman and deals in healthcare, is busy chalking out strategy from the past three weeks and makes schedule of his mother’s visit to various parts of the district.

For Anup, the heat and dust of Rupnagar and other streets don’t matter as he campaigns for his mother, seeking a win to Lok Sabha.

“I supervise all backend teams and ensure that all work behind the scene is channelised and coordinated. My day begins at 7am.

After meeting party workers, I hold door-to-door campaigning in the rural areas of the constituency, interact with people to understand their issues and reach back home around 7-8 in the evening. Again, I sit with the team till late in the night and chalk out our plan for the next day,” Anup told HT.

SAS Nagar
: Daljit Kaur, wife of local Congress MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu, on Friday conducted door-to-door canvassing in Sector 71, SAS Nagar, in favour of Congress candidate Ambika Soni.

While interacting with residents, she said it was found the residents of SAS Nagar were fed with the misrule of Akali-BJP governance, which had crushed them by levying property tax, non-implementation of needbased policy, paid parking, unemployment, etc.

The residents are waiting for April 30 to give them befitting reply, she said.

: District Congress Committee (DCC), Rupnagar, has intensified the campaign of Congress candidate from Anandpur Sahib constituency Ambika Soni.

DCC organised a meeting at the residence of former All India Congress Committee member Ramesh Goyal in ward no. 15 on Friday.

While addressing the meet, DCC president Harbhag Singh Saini said Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP alliance had failed to provide good governance to the people of Punjab and time had come to teach them a lesson.

Saini urged the people to support Soni and ensure her victory in the coming elections.

The meeting was addressed among others by Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (OBC department) chairman Gurinder Pal Singh Billa, former Punjab Youth Congress president Bhupesh Sharma, Congress leaders Rajeshwar Lali, Rajesh Kumar, advocate RN Modgil and RK Arora.