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Gurdaspur abuzz with dynastic politics

Ravi Nandan Bajwa, Arjun Partap Bajwa, Sharanjit Kaur in race for top post

Ravi Dhaliwal

Tribune News Service

Gurdaspur, September 14

As if taking a cue from the first family of the Congress, at least three party leaders are happy to follow dynastic politics in the forthcoming zila parishad polls in Gurdaspur by fielding their kin.

Sitting MLAs Fatehjung Singh Bajwa (Qadian), Balwinder Singh Laddi (Sri Hargobindpur) and Cabinet minister Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa (Fatehgarh Churian) have fielded their kin.

This district has seven Assembly seats, out of which six are represented by the Congress. The other three legislators — Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, Barindermeet Singh Pahra and Aruna Chaudhury — are content in letting their workers contest.

Ravi Nandan Singh Bajwa (38), son of Tripat Rajinder Bajwa, is a potential candidate for the chairmanship.

The scales are sure to tip in his favour once he wins his seat of Wadala Granthian. “After all, being a minister’s son does help,” said an insider. Ravi is pitted against a SAD candidate.

Politics runs in the family for the Lawrence school, Sanawar, educated Arjun Partap Singh, son of Fatehjung Bajwa.  Apart from his father being a legislator, his uncle Partap Singh Bajwa is a Rajya Sabha MP. His aunt Charanjit Kaur Bajwa remained Qadian MLA from 2012 till 2017 when she vacated the seat for her brother-in-law.

Arjun holds a Bachelor in Business Administration degree from Lancaster University (UK) and his vision for Gurdaspur is a ‘drug free border district’.

“I have been campaigning ever since I was 10. Earlier, I used to go with my uncle to attend election rallies. Later, in 2017, I campaigned in almost every village of Qadian for my father. Gurdaspur is a border district where not many are willing to open industrial units. As for me, I intend to convince industrialists to come and pitch tent in Gurdaspur. In this way, more jobs can be generated,” he said.

Arjun also has strong Bollywood links. In 2015, he was assistant director to Parbhudeva in the film ‘Singh is Bling’. These days he is playing a hero in a film titled ‘Band of Maharajas.’

Arjun has no competitor in his zone, Cheema, and hence is all set to be elected unopposed. Although he does not say it in so many words, but the junior Bajwa is surely in the reckoning for the top post. “It is a long shot. Let us wait and watch,” he says.

Balwinder Singh Laddi’s wife, the reticent Sharanjit Kaur, is contesting from Panj Grayain seat. 

The zila parishad comprises of 25 zones (seats) out of which elections will be held on 12. The rest of the 13 seats will see Congress candidates being elected unopposed.


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