It's a royal challenge for the Congress’ rivals in Bhatinda.
With campaigning gaining steam in the high profile Bathinda constituency, members of royal families have started arriving to help out the Patiala royal family scion and Congress nominee Yuvraj Raninder Singh, fondly called Tikkuji.
Prominent in the high profile list is a descendent of the Wangchuck dynasty of Bhutan — Jigme Wangdi Wangchuck, uncle of Bhutan crown prince Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck. Wangchuck, who met Tikkuji while in exile in New Delhi, has been campaigning for the Congressman from dawn to dusk.
“I am here to help my friend Raninder in the crucial election. I will stay here till the election process is over,” he told Hindustan Times while on the road in Lambi villages on Friday. Jigme attended 18 election meetings with Tikkuji in Lambi on Thursday.
The two most important political families of Punjab are set to clash in Bhatinda as Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s daughter-in-law, is pitted against Tikkuji, and it has become a battle of prestige and political power. It was clear from the moment the two announced their candidature that no stone would be left unturned in the battle for Bathinda.
Once the nominations are filed on April 20, more royalty is expected to converge here.
Apart from Tikkuji’s family, relatives from the royal families of Nalagarh and Bharatpur are likely to join the campaign trail soon.