Khadoor Sahib bypoll: Ravinder Brahmpura a debutant, but not a greenhorn

  • Surjit Singh, Hindustan Times, Tarn Taran
  • Updated: Jan 20, 2016 19:57 IST
Ravinder Brahmpura has been groomed by his father and Akali stalwart Ranjit Singh Brahmpura — the sitting MP from Khadoor Sahib Lok Sabha segment. (HT Photo)

Even as the 52-year old Ravinder Brahmpura will be making his electoral debut after being declared as the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) candidate for the Khadoor Sahib assembly bypoll, he is no novice when it comes to politics.

The man has been groomed by his father and Akali stalwart Ranjit Singh Brahmpura — the sitting MP from Khadoor Sahib Lok Sabha segment.

Brahmpura Junior, who did his graduation in year 1989, has always been by the side of his father, spearheading his campaign in the last three assembly polls and the Lok Sabha elections in 2014.

Ravinder has witnessed all ups and downs in the political career of his father who has remained on various key positions in the party and the state government.

Ravinder was an active member of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) youth wing and assumed designation of a party delegate in 1994.

Before being declared as the SAD candidate from Khadoor Sahib, he was ‘halqa in-charge’ of the party in the segment. He was appointed as vice-chairman of Markfed in 1998 and is currently working as chairman of the district planning committee.

Ravinder’s father, who is known as ‘Majhe da Jarnail’, was defeated by Congress’ Ramanjit Singh Sikki in the 2012 assembly polls.

In 2014, Brahmpura Senior contested the Lok Sabha elections from the Khadoor Sahib parliamentary constituency and defeated Congress candidate Harminder Singh Gill.

Projection comes at right time

Political pundits say as Brahmpura has become the MP, it was right time for him to project his son as his political successor in his home segment.

It become apparent during the celebration of “Gurta-Gaddi Ddiwas” of Guru Angad Dev at Khadoor Sahib on October 2 last year when Ravinder played a leading role in organising the annual political conference of the SAD.

At the event, it was Brahmpura Junior, who occupied the centrestage and conducted the proceedings of the conference in which chief minister Parkash Singh Badal was also present.

Being chairman of the district planning committee, he has distributed grants for various development works in villages.

During recent ‘sangat darshan’ programmes of the CM in the segment, Ravinder played an active role in ensuring that the grievances of the people were heard by Badal. He was also seen hogging the limelight during party’s Sadbhawna rally at Goindwal Sahib on December 14 last year.

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