||Wives hit campaign
They are apolitical and have
been pursuing their independent careers, but the general elections have
brought them out on the campaign trail. Wives of several Lok Sabha candidates
here are busy for over 20 hours a day, wooing voters on behalf of their
The wives are concentrating
on women voters who form over 45 per cent of Delhi’s electorate.
Promila Sibal, wife of Congress
candidate from Chandni Chowk Kapil Sibal, says: “Chandni Chowk constituency
has a large minority population and women feel shy talking to men. So,
I am personally managing Sibalji’s campaign and have been holding several
all-woman meetings, padyatras and door-to-door campaigns to understand
their problems,” Ms. Promila says. “I am a totally apolitical person and
have been campaigning to support my husband,” said Promila, who runs her
Urmila Mishra, wife of Congress
candidate from west Delhi Mahabal Mishra, says: “I have a big team to help
manage the campaign. I have targeted some specific areas in west Delhi
where I meet women, youths and old people. I start at 7 a.m. and campaign
tiall as long as midnight.
“The issues are the same.
People want bijli, pani, safai and sadak [electricity, water, hygiene and
roads] in their areas. I tell them until the party is voted to power I
am helpless and they should vote for the party. Women voters listen to
me patiently, discuss their problems and promise to vote for our candidate,”
says Ms. Mishra, a homemaker.
Preeti Goel, wife of BJP
candidate from New Delhi Vijay Goel, has been listing major issues raised
by voters during her campaign to provide feedback to her husband.
|“My daughters and I have
been campaigning in the constituency for the last one month and we found
that a large number of people do not have their voter identity cards.
"People are troubled by rising
prices of essential commodities and unemployment. I do give my feedback
to Goelji,” says Ms. Preeti, a professor of nutrition and dietetics in
The candidates’ family lives
have been turned topsy turvy by the campaign schedules.
“In the last one month I
think we have spoken only for an hour. I call him only when there is something
very urgent,” Ms. Sibal says.