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Families of first time candidates too pitch in

Shilpi, 23, has been skipping breakfast and lunch; not taking calls from her friends and walking several kilometres for door-to-door canvassing. It’s her father’s first election and she doesn’t want to leave any stone unturned. Nihi Sharma Sahani reports.

india Updated: Jan 29, 2012 14:48 IST
Nihi Sharma Sahani

Shilpi, 23, has been skipping breakfast and lunch; not taking calls from her friends and walking several kilometres for door-to-door canvassing. It’s her father’s first election and she doesn’t want to leave any stone unturned.

Shilpi, daughter of Congress candidate from Rajpur Rajkumar, told HT, “It was too hectic but I enjoyed it. It’s my father’s first state assembly poll and I wanted to put in my best. Shilpi left her residence at Karanpur here sharp at 9am. She visited areas falling in her father’s constituency during the day and returned at 8pm.

Working as a marketing executive in Dehradun-based IT Park, she even prepared canvassing plans for her mother and brother.

“We are fresh into electioneering,” she said with a smile, “but campaigned with determination. My father’s goodwill is enough to make him win this assembly poll.”

Family of young BJP candidate from Rajpur seat, DS Kataria, too, plunged into the battlefield. His wife Manju Kataria, a housewife, left her tiny tots back home and participated in campaigning with great enthusiasm.

Manju said, “I left my children with my mother-in-law. The family is extremely supportive. They knew I had to be present in field to coordinate with my husband. Being new, I tried my best to convince people to vote for Kataria ji.”

Blessed with Esha and Varnit studying in Class 5 and 1 respectively, sometimes Manju at times found it difficult to campaign. On occasions, her children demanded her time, making her uncomfortable in the field. But campaigning remained her priority.