Mixed verdict for politicians' kin
Punjab's major politicians may have lobbied hard to get tickets for their family members, but the state's voters have mixed feelings about kin connections.punjab Updated: Mar 06, 2012 20:17 IST
Punjab's major politicians may have lobbied hard to get tickets for their family members, but the state's voters have mixed feelings about kin connections.
For the Congress, which had many members of political families in the fray, the biggest setback was for state Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh's son Raninder Singh who lost from Samana constituency in Patiala district.
Vikram Bajwa, son-in-law of senior Congress leader Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, faced defeat from Sahnewal constituency.
Other kin of politicians from the Congress who lost include Harbans Kaur Dullo (wife of congress leader Shamsher Dullo), Suman Kaypee (wife of Congress MP Mohinder Singh Kaypee), and Raman Behal (son of former Congress minister Khushal Behl.
Brothers, former minister Choudhary Jagjit Singh and Santokh Choudhary, who contested on Congress tickets, also lost, and so did Choudhary Ram Lubhaya, husband of Congress MP Santosh Choudhary.
Those who managed to win from the Congress camp included Charanjit Kaur Bajwa from Qadian, wife of Gurdaspur MP Partap Bajwa; Gurkeerat Singh, grandson of former CM Beant Singh; Karan Kaur Brar, daughter-in-law of former Congress CM Harcharan Brar, from Muktsar.
In the BJP, Navjot Kaur Sidhu, party candidate from Amritsar (East) and wife of Amritsar MP Navjot Singh Sidhu; and BJP candidate from Bhoa assembly segment, Seema Kumari, wife of RSS worker Vinod Kumar, emerged victorious.
In the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), Bikram Majithia (brother-in-law of party president Sukhbir Singh Badal), Amarpal Singh Bony (son of Akali MP Rattan Ajnala), Gurpartap Singh Wadala (son of Akali stalwart Kuldeep Wadala), justice Nirmal Singh (husband of SAD MP Paramjit Kaur Gulshan) were among the victors.
Varinder Kaur Lumba, daughter-in-law of two-time Akali MLA Baldev Singh won from Shutrana.