Close relatives with opposite political ideologies are out to challenge each other in the parliamentary constituencies of Ambala and Kurukshetra.
From Ambala (reserved), Kapoor Singh of Bahujan Samaj Party is pitted against brothers-in-law Surender Pal Singh of the Aam Aadmi Party. SP Singh's sister is married to Kapoor. Both had taken premature retirement last year to take the political plunge. Close aides of SP Singh said that there was family pressure to withdraw the candidature.
"Singh is an individual of distinct political orientation and progressive cultural outlook. The character of his social activism and commitment to issues of community interest, are essentially above stereotypes of caste-centric self-serving politics or politicians," said activist-teacher Rajbir Parashar, former president Haryana College Teachers Association (HCTA).
Singh belongs to Scheduled Caste while his wife Geeta, a Jat, hails from a Left-orientated family from Hisar district.
He is the secretary of Insaaf Manch, a non-political front launched by academician and AAP leader DR Chaudhary and remained involved in various social movements.
While Kapoor resigned as superintendent engineer in Haryana Vidhyut Nigam before he joined BSP in 2013, SP had resigned as manager of State Bank of India and joined AAP.
Both are residents of Panchkula, part of Ambala Lok Sabha segment.
Similarly, Raj Kumar Saini and Balbir Saini, candidates of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), respectively, from Kurukshetra segment are close relatives.
Vikas Saini, son of Vishwamitter Saini who is a younger brother of Raj Kumar Saini, is married to Balbir's niece.
"Both of them may be contesting from opponent parties but they maintain very cordial family ties. But it will be interesting to see how they manage political affiliations and family ties. Balbir hails from Pehowa of Kurukshetra while Raj Kumar, a native of Naraingarh, Ambala, is dubbed as an outsider," said a source close to the Saini family.
The Saini leaders are political turncoats who enjoy clout in their community.
Balbir was elected as a Lok Dal (now INLD) candidate in 1987 from Pehowa and joined the BJP before becoming an INLD member.
Raj Kumar, an affluent businessman having interest in steel and a major LPG cylinder manufacturing facilty at Kala Amb, HP, was elected to the Vidhan Sabha on Haryana Vikas Party ticket in 1996. He remained a minister in the Om Prakash Chautala government.