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Another man rises for politics from Beant's family

punjab Updated: Jul 08, 2013 10:29 IST
Ravinder Vasudeva

Following in his family's footsteps, another member of slain chief minister Beant Singh's family, has entered politics by becoming sarpanch of Kotli village.

This time, it is 36-year-old Harkirat Singh, one of the four grandsons of the late Congressman, and the youngest son of former minister Tej Parkash.

His brother, Gurkirat Singh Kotli, is already a Congress MLA from Khanna assembly segment of Ludhiana district.

A graduate, Harkirat has kept alive the family tradition of unanimously getting elected as sarpanch of Kotli village (also known as Kotla Afgana), ever since the panchayat system came into existence, except twice.

Earlier, Harkirat's uncle Sukhwant Singh, who has remained Ludhiana zila parishad chairman, had served as village sarpanch four times.

Beant Singh himself had remained sarpanch of Bilaspur village falling under Doraha tehsil of Ludhiana, before the family shifted to Kotli village after it was allotted land there from the army quota.

When asked why he chose to become sarpanch, despite having a strong political family background, Harkirat was candid enough to accept that he was ardent to join the politics at MLA or higher level.

"Ofcourse I wish to come into mainstream politics, that's why I decided to become village sarpanch, the seat which has been the lucky charm for our family. I remember my late grandfather's lessons to leaders to always start politics from the grassroots level," Harkirat told HT.

Among his priorities for the village, Harkirat lists, installing streetlights, strengthening the existing public utility infrastructure, curbing drug addiction, establishment of higher educational institutes and rechristening of the village in name of his grandfather.

Beant's son Tejparkash Singh and daughter Gurkanwal Kaur are already established leaders of the Congress in Punjab and have served as ministers in different governments.

While his grandsons, Ravneet Bittu and Gurkirat Kotli are is member of Parliament from Anandpur Sahib and Khanna MLA respectively.

The youngest grandson, Guriqbal Singh, a trained pilot, is has been assisting Bittu in looking after Balachaur assembly segment falling under Anandpur Sahib parliament, without any party posts.