Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, the son of Dalwinder Kaur Dhesi — co-conspirator in the Harpreet Kaur abduction-abortion case — is all set to contest the upcoming parliamentary elections, voting for which begins on May 7.
Harpreet, daughter of Akali leader and former SGPC chief Bibi Jagir Kaur, had died in 2000.
Dhesi is the son-in-law of former Nawanshahr MLA Jatinder Singh Kariha.
Dhesi, 35, is contesting the elections on a Labour Party ticket from Gravesham, his hometown, from where he had also been elected the mayor in 2011. Interestingly, he holds the record of becoming England’s youngest Sikh mayor at 32.
So was it due to his family’s influence that he took up politics?
“Not really. My own interest was in it way before my marriage. I had great interest in current affairs since the beginning. Not only this, my grandfather and parents were always involved in charity work. That’s how I got involved in serving the community. Gradually, I took active role in politics,” he said.
“Politics is one of the fields where you can have direct impact on society. It’s an important profession that can help make a community better,” he added.
Dhesi, who had previously been instrumental in entering an agreement to make Gravesham and Jalandhar as twin cities, says if elected as MP, he would take up the cause at the national level.
“Apart from working to maintain good relations between India and Britain, I want to take up the agreement of making Jalandhar and Gravesham as twin cities at the national level,” he said.
“My family has always been supportive. They want to see me as the first turbaned Sikh MP in the British Parliament,” he said.