Chandigarh, January 24
Fifteen-year-old Aekom Warring maybe too young for politics but not for canvassing and is busy making a connect with voters in her father Amrinder Singh Raja Warring's Gidderbaha Assembly constituency in Punjab.
With folded hands, Aekom goes from house to house greeting voters and asking them to elect her father for the development work carried out by him in the last 10 years.
Warring is eyeing a third term in a row from Gidderbaha in Muktsar district. He was earlier elected from this seat in 2012 and 2017.
Family members of several other contestants in the fray for the February 20 Punjab Assembly polls are going door to door to garner support for the coming elections.
With a ban on big gatherings and rallies by the Election Commission of India in view of Covid, family members of candidates are meeting voters personally to ensure they vote for their contestants.
Aekom exudes confidence that voters of Gidderbaha will vote for her father for the “unprecedented” development works carried out during the last 10 years and make him victorious again.
“My father did what he promised to the people of the area,” she says while adding that she is getting a very good response from the people.
An elderly man in a village even praises Warring for ensuring water to his fields when the teenager visits his house.
A few days back Aekom inaugurated the poll office of her father in Gidderbaha.
Warring became the transport minister when Charanjit Singh Channi took over as chief minister last September.
Simrat Kaur Khangura, wife of Congress candidate Dalvir Singh Goldy, is also touring her husband's assembly constituency to garner support.
Goldy, who is a sitting MLA, will again contest from Dhuri assembly segment. He will take on Aam Aadmi Party's chief ministerial face Bhagwant Mann in a high-stake electoral contest.
Also read: Bhagwant Mann kicks off Dhuri campaign
A postgraduate in English, Khangura, 39, says she is visiting each and every house of the constituency and is getting a good response from the voters.
Starting her campaigning at 7.30 am, Khangura returns home in the evening only.
“It is not that for the first time or second time that I am visiting people. I frequently go to them and get a warm welcome,” she says.
On how she views Bhagwant Mann as a contestant against her husband, Khangura says she does not see him anywhere.
She claims Mann, a two-time MP from Sangrur Lok Sabha seat, visited Dhuri constituency only twice in 2014 and 2019 during the Lok Sabha polls.
“Bhagwant Mann has not been seen in this constituency,” Khangura told PTI.
The AAP leader does not have anything to say for what he did for this area, she adds.
She says her husband Goldy has done a lot of development work including setting up several sports grounds, smart schools and upgrading some schools in Dhuri constituency.
Dhuri is one of the assembly constituencies which fall under Sangrur parliamentary constituency.
Punjab goes to polls on February 20 and is set for a multi-cornered contest.
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