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Putting his campaign on a ‘fast’ track

Wives observe fast for the longevity of their husbands but this dedicated member of Parliament (MP) has shunned food — she is surviving on a diet of milk and dry fruits — for her life partner’s success in the January 30 assembly elections.

india Updated: Jan 19, 2012 13:06 IST
Harpreet Kaur

Wives observe fast for the longevity of their husbands but this dedicated member of Parliament (MP) has shunned food — she is surviving on a diet of milk and dry fruits — for her life partner’s success in the January 30 assembly elections.

Hoshiarpur MP Santosh Chowdhary, who is on a mission to help her husband, Congress candidate Ram Lubhaya, regain the Sham Chaurasi seat he lost by a narrow margin in 2007, believes that fasting is the fastest way to seek god’s blessings.

“I gave up ‘anna’ (cereals) the day he filed his nomination,” she said. “It is my belief that doing so helps me get desired results.” She said she kept a fast for 28 days before her own election in 2009 as well — this time she will extend it till after the results.

The day starts at around 6am for the entire family, including Chowdhary’s three daughters and ends around midnight. The family fans out in the constituency supporters and canvasses the entire day. “I’m the last to sleep as I have to organise next day’s plans,” Chowdhary said.

Politics runs in the their blood. Lubhaya’s father Sunder Singh was a two-time MP and state minister while Chowdhary’s father Roshan Lal remained a Rajya Sabha member for 18 years.

Development and an anti-corruption thrust are the two main poll planks this time. There is no direct attack on SAD opponent Mohinder Kaur Josh but an oblique reference while extolling their own virtues. “It is not our nature to encroach lands or implicate people in false cases. We are honest people who have not raised bungalows or minted money in our long political life,” reads the hand bills circulated by Team Congress.