Political colours: Saas, bahu in Ludhiana MC poll fray, but no saazish

55-year-old Parvinder Kaur jumped into the civic poll fray as an independent candidate from ward number 55, a seat reserved for women, while her daughter-in-law Kiran Bala (26) is the BJP candidate from ward number 53.

punjab Updated: Feb 17, 2018 15:32 IST
Tarsem Singh Deogan
Tarsem Singh Deogan
Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
Political colours,Saas,bahu
BJP candidate Kiran Bala with her supporters in Ludhiana on Friday.(HT Photo)

One would have often seen saas-bahu rivalries on television screens. The reel-life drama seems to be unfolding in real life here with a saas choosing to fight as an independent while her bahu is contesting as a BJP candidate in the upcoming civic body elections.

55-year-old Parvinder Kaur jumped into the civic poll fray as an independent candidate from ward number 55, a seat reserved for women, while her daughter-in-law Kiran Bala (26) is the BJP candidate from ward number 53.

Despite different political ideologies, the two claim they live like normal families.

Parvinder Kaur says after her son’s marriage, they became two families. “My daughter-in-law is an independent and educated woman and is able to take her own decisions,” she adds.

Bala says: “The BJP offered me a ticket and after getting blessings of my mother-in-law and father-in-law, I started campaigning. Despite there being an ideological difference, my in-laws showered love and blessings on me.”

Campaigning with her husband, Bala says she is convincing people to cast votes in favour of the SAD-BJP candidates. She claims that it is the only alliance that can bring development to the city. “Former councillor did nothing for the ward. The ward lacks basic amenities,” said Kiran Bala.

Her mother-in-law, meanwhile, campaigns with husband and her younger son.

Her husband Jasbir Singh Jassa, a former councillor, says he convinced his wife to contest the polls from the seat reserved for women. “The area residents have been fed up of shallow promises of political parties. If I join any party, it will be cheating. So, I asked my wife to contest from the ward as it was reserved for women,” says Jassa.

“Despite being an independent councillor, my husband worked hard for development of the area and people will vote in my favour,” adds Kaur.

First Published: Feb 17, 2018 15:31 IST