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In last leg of campaigning, family members chip in

As D-day nears, families of candidates have begun pitching in to lend a helping hand in their campaign and cover every corner of the constituency.

india Updated: Apr 07, 2014 00:52 IST

As D-day nears, families of candidates have begun pitching in to lend a helping hand in their campaign and cover every corner of the constituency.

At least 40 close and distant relatives, including a niece who has flown in from Philadelphia, are helping Congress’ Chandni Chowk constituency candidate Kapil Sibal in his election campaign. “Not only are my wife and sons pitching in, but the families of my brother and brother-in-law too are helping me out. Many of them have flown to Delhi and have begun door-to-door campaigning,” Sibal told HT.

And Pravesh Verma’s brother Sidhartha has left his thriving bike showroom in Sahibabad to help him cover the West Delhi constituency. “Earlier we were busy with the assembly elections and now with the Lok Sabha elections. Apart from meeting young voters and informing them about the BJP’s vision, I also address public meetings if my brother is unable to make it,” he added.

Congress west Delhi candidate Mahabal Mishra too is banking on his kin. His wife Urmila Mishra has already made a round of Uttam Nagar to interact with housewives while his son is busy campaigning in Janakpuri and Uttam Nagar.

Son Sachin and wife Nutan have always helped out BJP’s Delhi president Harsh Vardhan in his campaigns, and this election is no different.

JP Agarwal, who is contesting from North East constituency, has his wife Sarita, two sons Mudit and Amit and their wives helping him out. And all the jobs have been assigned. While the two sons are taking care of publicity and PR and engaging with party workers and poll agents, his wife and daughters-in-law are going out in the constituency to connect with women voters.

“I talk to the women about the work my father-in-law has done for the area,” said Ekta Agarwal, 36, one of his daughters-in-law.