Chandigarh: Punjab`s Finance Minister
Upinderjit Kaur, who is seeking re-election from Sultanpur
Lodhi in Kapurthala district as SAD candidate, is at the age
of 72 the oldest candidate among 93 women contesting the
January 30 assembly polls.
Kaur is contesting the polls from traditional Akali
bastion and is eyeing a win for the fourth time.
She has won consecutively on previous three occasions,
and in 2007 assembly polls, she had defeated her nearest
Congress rival Navtej Singh Cheema by a margin of 11,405
In fact, Kaur is the only one among the women contestants
who is in her 70s.
The youngest woman candidate in fray is Prabhjot Kaur
(25), who is contesting as Independent from Jaitu (SC) seat in
Faridkot district, the constituency which also has a maximum
four women candidates.
The average age of women testing their luck in the polls
is around 45 years.
Most of the prominent women in contest are either in
their 50s or 60s.
They include former Chief Minister and senior Congress
leader Rajinder Kaur Bhattal (66), Congress` Karan Kaur Brar
(60), who is daughter-in-law of former Chief Minister late
Harcharan Singh Brar, Gurdaspur MP Pratap Singh Bajwa`s wife
Charanjeet Kaur Bajwa (52), Jalandhar MP Mohinder Singh
Kaypee`s wife Suman Kaypee (55) and former State Congress
President Shamsher Singh Dullo`s wife Harbans Kaur Dullo (58).
Prominent women from other parties include SAD`s Kuldeep
Kaur Tohra (58), kin of late Akali veteran Gurcharan Singh
Tohra, CPI`s Lovleen Kaur Chahal (56), SAD candidate and
former SGPC President, Bibi Jagir Kaur (58), BJP`s Navjot Kaur
Sidhu (48), wife of BJP MP from Amritsar Navjot Singh Sidhu
and BJP`s Vijay Lakshami Bhadoo (61), relative of Haryana
Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.
Out of a total of 1080 candidates in the fray for the
117 assembly seats, Congress has fielded a maximum 11 women
followed by SAD`s 10 and BJP`s three.