As Nikki Haley Randhawa created history in the United States of America after being elected as the Governor of the South Carolina, her family members in the small punjabi town of Verka are jubilant and expect Nikki to visit India soon and pay obeisance at Harmandar Sahib.
Notably, Dr. Ajit Singh Randhawa and Raj Randhawa (parents of Nikki) migrated abroad in early 1960’s. Nikki was born in the US in 1972.
But Nikki has a connection in the small town of Verka, as the family of Subedar Major (retd) Pritam Singh Randhawa, the elder brother of Dr. Ajit Singh, lives in Verka.
The house on the main road has been buzzing with activity ever since Nikki Randhawa got elected as Governor. From regular visitors to phone calls, everyone is congratulating Pritam Singh and his family.
Speaking to Hindustan Times, Kanwaljit Singh Randhawa, Pritam Singh's son and cousin of Nikki, said, “Nikki has made the entire family proud. Ever since Nikki got elected, there have been congratulatory messages coming to our house. This is a big feat and we are very happy.”
Telling us more about Nikki, the proud cousin said, “My uncle Dr. Ajit Randhawa and her wife had come here many times but Nikki has only visited us once when she was three years old. But now, when she has achieved this big success, we want her to come to the holy city and pay obeisance at Harmandar Sahib and thank the almighty. We are waiting to see her”
"Nikki has been intrerested in politics since her youth. She talked about politics. Now when she has achieved a major success, we hope that she will address the problems of the people in best manner", he added.
"Although my Uncle Dr. Ajit Randhawa and others were supposed to visit Amritsar in December but now since Nikki is very busy, they may have to delay their visit", he added.
About any of their plans to go to USA, he said “We are very eager to go. But since Nikki is busy and travelling, we plan to leave for USA in January or February next year.”
Charanjit Kaur, also a family member said, “The mood in the house has been very upbeat and we wish to meet Nikki very soon.”
The family also possesses a collection of pictures of Nikki and her parents. They have quite a few pictures of Nikki as a child. Nikkis original sikh name is Nimrata Randhawa.