Away from the glare of cameras, the Kairon couple shares the people’s grief quietly. It isn’t a personal campaign.
Food and supplies minister Adesh Partap Singh Kairon and his wife, Parneet Kaur, daughter of chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, also electioneer; but unlike the Badals and the Majithias, the Kairons watch what they say in public.
At all their election rallies for the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in Patti re gion, they haven’t made any personal attack on opponents, unlike deputy CM Sukhbir Badal and revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia, who never missed an opportunity to hit below the belt; and the senior Badal, who was always caught mocking the rivals.
In their speeches, the couple gives credit for Punjab’s development to the senior Badal, of course, remembering to throw in a word of praise for former chief minister, late Partap Singh Kairon, grandfather of the minister, as well. “Please, no statement, no controversies,” pleaded Kairon as he saw HT correspondent approach him after an election rally on Tuesday at Shakri village in the Khadoor Sahib Lok Sabha constituency.
It took some time before the CM’s son-in-law agreed to talk. “I feel satisfied immensely if I’m able to help aggrieved individuals. In this way, I share their sorrow,” said Kairon, pointing to the people at the rally.
Asked about his agenda, he said he was not seeking votes in the name of development. “Votes will come, as people are aware of our achievements,” he added.
Before the next question, he’s aboard his SUV and off to Usma village, where he asks voters to send Akali candidate Ranjit Singh Brahmpura to Parliament. “An NDA (National Democratic Alliance) gover nment at the Centre will get us bigger projects for more employment , ” he assured the people and, before ending his short speech, called the “atta-dal” scheme as “garib di sewa” (service to the poor). The Kairons canvass in Patti, addressing five to six rallies each in a day. Rarely do they move out of their assembly constituency.
At Sarhali, a couple of kilometers from Usma, Par neet addresses a rally and, later, in a brief chat with HT, describes the attending people as her “parivar” (family).