Stepping on the gas, this Bathinda family is firing on all cylinders

  • Sachin Sharma, Hindustan Times, Bathinda
  • Updated: Feb 19, 2015 11:31 IST

A man, his wife and their son are contesting the polls to the Bathinda municipal corporation from three different wards as independents with the LPG cylinder as their poll symbol.

Former councillor Shama, 36, who runs a beauty parlour in the town, is contesting from Ward No 45, while her husband Vijay Sharma, 46, who was a councillor in the civic body before it became a corporation, is contesting from Ward No 44, while their son Rahul, 19, is contesting his maiden election from Ward No 43. Vijay is also contesting from Ward No 42 with the candle as the symbol.

As the polling day draws near and the campaigning reaches its peak in the town, the three can be seen campaigning jointly as their wards are adjacent to one another. With dummy cylinders on their heads and supporters in tow, the family presents quite a spectacle for the onlookers.

Politics is not new to the family, neither is finding candidates to field from many wards in the civic body polls.

In the MC polls in 2008, Vijay, Shama and his sister-in-law Neelam had contested the polls from three different wards.

Though Vijay and Neelam had lost the polls, Shama had been elected councillor to the first municipal corporation house.

“In the last elections also, three of us from the family had tried our luck, but owing to the use of muscle power by the ruling party, my sister-in-law and I lost the polls, whereas my wife had won. This time also, we decided to contest on three seats, and our son who has enrolled as a voter for the first time was made a candidate,” Vijay said.

Rahul, a B.Com first-year student, said, “I have been seeing my parents in public life since childhood, so it is nothing new for me to be figuring in the poll fray. My parents inspire me to devote myself to the public cause, and becoming an elected representative is the way to do so.”

Vijay had unsuccessfully contested the last parliamentary election from Bathinda as an independent candidate. He had been allotted the symbol cricket bat then and could be seen with a bat during the campaign. He had polled 3,700 votes then.

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