Watching her father, who is into politics since her childhood, 23-year-old Harsimranjit Kaur of Pathrala village has filed her nomination papers for the zila parishad elections as a Congress candidate from Pakka Kalan zone of this district.
Kaur, a BA second-year student through correspondence, agreed to contest the elections as her father was not eligible to contest from the zone reserved for women.
"I have seen my father, Baldev Singh, work so hard for the Congress and could not say no when he asked me to contest the election from the zone. I have made up my mind and will take politics as a career," says Kaur, one of the youngest candidates in the poll fray in the district. She is also the youngest of the seven children in the family. Her mother died in 1992.
With all her five sisters studying only up to the senior secondary school, she is the only girl from the family to have pursued graduation.
Baldev Singh says, "I retired as a junior engineer from the public health department last year. I am attached with the Congress since 1976. The party offered me a ticket to contest the zila parishad election. I feel my daughter will prove to be a stronger candidate than me."