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Not without their better half: wives stand strong behind Delhi BJP candidates

Neelam Pandey, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, November 19, 2013
First Published: 12:04 IST(19/11/2013) | Last Updated: 14:35 IST(19/11/2013)

Their schedules are packed with public meetings and they are mobilising people to vote for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). No, we are not talking about the candidates, but their wives.

The wives of many BJP candidates have decided to join the electoral frenzy to lend a helping hand to their husbands. Juggling duties at home as well as mobilising support for their husbands, most of these women have become experts at multi-tasking.

Among these helpful wives is 31-yearold Deepti Rawat Bhardwaj, wife of Nakul Bhardwaj, the BJP candidate from Patparganj. A homemaker, these days Deepti spends most of her time outside home to campaign for her husband. Chief among her duties is gathering support among women voters for her husband.

Deepti, who hails from Uttarakhand, is targeting voters who belong to her hometown.

“During the last assembly elections, I was quite new to the area and my daughter was just six months old. But she is five-and-half years old now and I am also more aware of the surroundings. Nakul usually leaves at 7am after having breakfast and I leave around 9am. Though I try to return for lunch with my daughter, Nakul returns only after midnight,” she said.

The two hardly get to meet throughout the day. And when they talk, they end up discussing issues related to the campaigning.

“The only time we get to see each other and talk is over breakfast which lasts barely for five minutes,” Deepti added.

Another homemaker who is pitching in for her husband is Swati Verma, 34, wife of Mehrauli candidate Parvesh Verma. She is a management graduate from Symbiosis University in Pune. The couple have three children. But these days, poll fever has gripped the Verma household.

“Parvesh needs my help and support right now. I have been going door-to-door, campaigning for him. Our entire family has been extending its support to ensure he wins the elections,” Swati said.

Parvesh Verma with his wife Swati (right) while campaigning in Mehrauli. She has been going door to door to garner support for her husband. (Vijendra Singh Gosain/HT Photo)

But 42-year-old Ridhi Babbar, wife of BJP’s candidate from Tilak Nagar Rajiv Babbar, has other duties too. She is a school principal, but these days, is busy holding public rallies in the area.

“It is all very hectic and I have taken leave from work as these are extremely crucial days. My husband and I have divided the constituency into two parts and we take turns to visit the areas,” she said.

And it’s not just the wives of firsttime candidates who are busy lending support to their husbands. Veterans too have jumped in the fray.
Take for instance 54-year-old Nutan Goel, the wife of BJP’s chief ministerial candidate Harsh Vardhan.

While Harsh Vardhan is busy visiting other constituencies, Nutan has been tasked with canvassing in Krishna Nagar, from where he will contest the poll.

Likewise, Vijender Gupta, who is contesting from New Delhi constituency, has his wife’s support. Shobha Vijender, 49, who is also a councillor, is often seen participating in rallies and visiting parts of the New Delhi constituency to garner support for him.

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