It is not just the locals who are watching out for the contestants of the civic polls scheduled for February 22, a fair number of non-resident Indians (NRIs) in the city also have their eyes on these polls.
While the NRIs are campaigning for their contestants and are planning to vote, the parties claim that they have lot of NRI support for the local body elections.
Santok Singh Parmar, 81, who is here from London and is actively following the civic polls, said,
"The polls have become a topic of everyday discussion for me and my NRI friends. Our priority is not any particular party but the candidate who is actually promising something worthwhile and has an image to support his promises."
Every second home in Punjab has an NRI or knows an NRI and the city is no different. It is not just party leaders that enjoy NRI support, even independent candidates have their NRI support base.
State NRI sabha's former president Pritam Singh Naurangpur said, "I know several NRIs and we are together campaigning for the present civic polls. We are supporting SAD and are especially contesting against those who have left the party and are now contesting independently."
Charanjit Singh Virk, a 50-year-old NRI who is in city from Sweden, will be casting his vote this election. "These polls are very important as these elected leaders are the ones who are directly in touch with the residents and their issues. I am closely watching the contest and helping in campaigning," he said.
These NRIs are also providing financial support along with campaigning and backing certain candidates. Manjit Singh, who is here from New York, said, "Not much financial support is required in these elections but there are events and functions which require funding, where we contribute."
"I live in such a developed city (NY) and want my hometown to be developed along similar lines. I therefore want the most deserving candidates to win the current elections. I am supporting those who really want to contribute towards development," added Manjit Singh.
Young NRIs in city are also taking keen interest in the contest. Manreet Kaur, 24, who is here from London said, "I am amazed at the civic sense in London and want those contesting here to make it their priority. This city is my first home and I will fulfill my duty by voting for the right candidate on the D-day".