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Posted at: Oct 16, 2019, 7:26 AM; last updated: Oct 16, 2019, 7:26 AM (IST)

Women enliven campaigns of husbands, fathers-in-law

nit Dhawan

Tribune News Service

Rohtak, October 15

They say that behind every successful man, there is a woman. This adage rings true in the context of the elections to the Haryana Assembly, with wives and daughters-in-law of several wannabe MLAs making all-out efforts to ensure the success of the poll campaigns of their husbands and fathers-in-law.

The women family members of the leaders aspiring to get Assembly berths hold public meetings, run door-to-door campaigns and personally call up voters to seek their support.

Asha Hooda, wife of former Chief Minister and Congress candidate for Garhi Sampla-Kiloi Bhupinder Singh Hooda, has been actively managing and leading his poll campaigns during parliamentary as well as Assembly elections for several years.

As of now, she is canvassing for her husband as well as other Congress candidates from different Assembly constituencies in Rohtak and adjoining districts.

Congress nominee for Badhra and former BCCI president Ranbir Singh Mahendra’s daughter-in-law Sangya, Congress candidate for Rewari Chiranjeev Rao’s wife and former Bihar Chief Minister’s daughter Anushka Yadav and Congress candidate for Meham Anand Singh Dangi’s daughter-in-law Anu Dangi have also been running parallel poll campaigns to support their family men.

BJP MP Rao Inderjit Singh’s daughter Aarti Rao, who had been a contender for the saffron ticket herself, is now campaigning for the BJP’s official nominee and his father’s loyalist Sunil Yadav Musepur.

Congress candidate from Tosham Kiran Choudhry’s daughter and former Bhiwani MP Shruti Choudhry is looking after the poll campaign of her mother.

Likewise, the wives, daughters and daughters-in-law of several other leaders are also leaving no stone unturned to ensure their electoral victory.

“The wives, daughters and daughters-in-law of the male leaders can establish a direct connection with the women voters of their constituencies, which is not possible for the male leaders themselves,” observes noted political analyst Prof Rajender Sharma.

Professor Sharma points out that in the case of women leaders contesting elections, their husbands, sons and fathers extensively campaign for them in order to reach out to the maximum number of electors.


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