With the February 22 municipal corporation polls approaching, life partners have become campaign partners as well. Candidates’ wives have stepped out of the kitchen for door-to-door canvassing, while jobs or businesses have taken a back seat for the husbands.
“I’m very excited as this is a new experience for me,” says Rimpi Puri (38), wife of BJP candidate Rohit Puri (42). “I have put household chores on hold. My only wish is to see my husband victorious in the elections,” she adds.
The Puris start campaigning early in the morning and continue till the late evening. “A large number of my friends have joined me. My children understand my duties and they encourage me to do the maximum I can for my husband,” says Rimpi.
Congress leader Ramesh Tola (44), a former vice-president of the municipal council, is doing his bit for his wife, Seema Kumari (36). “I had been contesting and winning the council elections for the past many years, but as our ward was declared reserved for women, my better half is in the fray this time,” says Tola. “I’m happy that she has accepted the challenge. We take different routes for campaigning with friends and share the feedback at the end of the day to make the strategy for the next day,” Tola tells HT, adding that “women definitely perform their duties more seriously as people’s elected representatives.”
On her part, Seema says, “I’m confident that I won’t disappoint my husband.” Besides spouses, parents and other family members are also reaching out to voters Pathankot changed its shape from a council to a corporation.