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FARIDKOT

Daughter-in-law of former cm HS Brar is up against SAD chief Prakash Badal's Sukhbir Singh Badal.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Faridkot
PUBLISHED ON APR 15, 2004 06:47 PM IST

Karan Brar, daughter-in-law of former Punjab Chief Minister Harcharan Singh Brar, would strive hard to defeat Sukhbir Singh Badal, SAD General Secretary and son of former Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal from Faridkot parliamentary constituency.

Faridkot is likely to witness a five-cornered contest during the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.

The constituency comprised of nine assembly segments Faridkot, Kotkapura, Panjgrain, Muktsar, Malout Gidderbaha, Lambi, Moga and Baghapurana falling in three districts of Muktsar, Moga and Faridkot in Punjab.

Gurlal Singh Danewalia, contestant of Akali Dal (Amritsar), has already launched his campaign whereas Sant Ram Malian (BSP) and Nirmal Singh Rajeana (Lok Jan Shakti) party were yet to begun.

Past record shows that three of close members of the Congress candidate Karan Brar including her father-in-law H S Brar, mother-in-law Gurbinder Kaur and sister-in-law Babli Brar contested the Lok Sabha polls from this constituency four time in the year 1980, 1985, 1989 and 1998 out of nine elections since its formation in 1977 but achieved favourable results once by her mother-in-law in 1980 during Indira Gandhi wave in the country.

No doubt the congress candidate Jagmeet Singh Brar also ousted Sukhbir Singh Badal in the lok Sabha polls from this constituency in the year 1999 yet the SAD avenged its defeat by annexing the elections from eight assembly constituencies except Malout in the last assembly elections in the state.

Moreover, due to much delay in her nomination Karan Brar was lagging behind in launching poll campaign whereas her arch rival Sukhbir Singh Badal had completed two rounds in this connection.

Factionalism in the party, trifurcation of Faridkot into Moga, Muktsar and Faridkot districts by her father-in-law in the year 1995, shifting of Jagmeet Singh Brar accompanied by a large number of his supporters to contest from Ferozepur Parliamentary constituency are some of the factors which may also cause problems to her.

The congress candidate might have to face the wrath of anti incumbency factor prevailing in the whole of the state.

However, expressing confidence over her victory some of the prominent congress leaders, Karan feels that the entire leadership of the constituency should unite at one platform for laying effective thrust to explore the achievements of the state government.

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