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FARIDKOT

Notwithstanding two big political families fighting it out, it virtually appears a cakewalk for Sukhbir Singh Badal in Faridkot.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Faridkot
UPDATED ON MAY 19, 2004 11:14 AM IST

Notwithstanding two big political families fighting it out to rule Malwa heartland, it virtually appears a cakewalk for Sukhbir Singh Badal of Shiromani Akali Dal over "political greenhorn" Karan Brar of Congress in the Faridkot Lok Sabha Constituency.

In Faridkot, the second largest constituency of Punjab spread over 5681.64 square kilometre with more that 12.5 lakh voters, the contest is between relatives of two former chief ministers.

Former Chief Minister Harcharan Singh Brar's daughter-in-law, Karan Brar is pitted against Akali Stalwart Parkash Singh Badal's son Sukhbir Singh.

Congress' decision to shift Jagmeet Singh Brar to the neighbouring Ferozepur constituency has virtually taken the fizz out of the contest here.

Twice MP from this constituency, the junior Badal had a strong cadre of party workers to match Karan Brar's challenge which appears "handicapped" as prominent campaigners of Jagmeet have shifted to Ferozepur to canvass for their leader.

Though Badal's followers describe Karan as "lightweight". However, those backing her candidature caution to hold breath till results are out as it could well be a surprise.

Credited with setting up several educational institutions in the constituency, including Baba Farid University, Badal has been promising more development of the region if voted to power.

"During my tenure as MP, I have carried out overall development of the constituency, but still I am committed to carry out further development," Sukhbir Badal told a visiting PTI correspondent at Daud village.

"I will bring some major projects pertaining to healthcare, employment generation and education if the NDA comes to power at the Centre," he said.

"Congress in this constituency has already conceded defeat as partymen were disappointed after Jagmeet Singh Brar shifted to Ferozepur," he added.

"Besides, my father-in-law's work in the constituency, the work which I have been doing for 31 years by living in this constituency will help me win," Karan told PTI on the sidelines of her public rally in Malout assembly segment.

Karan Brar, a close relative of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, may be a political green horn, but she comes from a family of politicians.

Amarinder's wife Praneet Kaur is Karan's aunt's daughter and Karan's sister Priya is married to the CM's younger brother Malvinder Singh.

Karan's father-in-law, his wife Gurbinder Kaur and their daughter Babli Brar had lost four parliamentary elections and one assembly election since 1987.

"This constituency is not knew for me as I have been nursing the area for 31 long years and have been active political campaigner for the Brar family in the last three decades", she says, adding "politics is in our blood."

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