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Saturday, 10 December 2011

They are one voice of many worlds

CHANDIGARH: Adding a new dimension to the ongoing campaigning for upcoming municipal corporation elections, a non-political group has fielded candidates with unusual profiles. The group has a Panjab University professor, a shopkeeper, PhD degree holder, and homemaker whose child was kidnapped and murdered.

Chandigarh Jan Manch comprises a social group, the employees association, teacher leaders, and a few persons with political background. The 16 candidates fielded by the Manch are no political high-ups who can afford flashy campaigning.

Impressed with Anna Hazare's anti-graft campaign, a group of eminent educationists, businessmen, lawyers, writers, social activists, doctors, trade union members, and housing group representatives formed the Chandigarh Jan Manch.

Former Panjab University Teachers' Association (PUTA) president Manjit Singh said, "The Jan Manch is not political in any way and came into existence due to a lot of crucial issues that are not resolved as yet. The members have joined hands for a social cause.

Elections were not the agenda but we planned to contest the polls." The group members, who are from all walks of life, depend on personal contacts and pamphlets to woo voters.
Jan Manch includes Khushpreet's mother Kulwinder Kaur, Ranjit Kaur of colony no 5, a BEd; businessman Jatinder Kumar Sahni, 28; and PhD degree holder Meena Sharma. Many PU students have come forward to support Ranjit Kaur.


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