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In Gorakhpur, a daughter-in-law takes on her father-in-law in elections

An interesting battle is on in Gorakhpur's Dhuriapar constituency where a daughter-in-law is contesting against her father-in-law for a place in the State Legislative Assembly.

By Vipul Goel

Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh), May 2 : An interesting battle is on in Gorakhpur's Dhuriapar constituency where a daughter-in-law is contesting against her father-in-law for a place in the State Legislative Assembly.

Ashmita Chand is contesting as an Independent candidate against her father-in-law Markandeya Chand, who is contesting the Assembly polls on a BJP ticket.

Ashmita's election symbol is "Bangles", and she is relying on the support of women voters. shmita says she has no ill-feeling for her father-in-law, but grudges the fact that he supported her rivals in earlier elections.

"I have no rivalry with him. I just wanted to do something for society, and that is why I am contesting the elections again. Earlier, I contested twice, and as you said Markandeya Chand worked against me," Ashmita says.

Her father-in-law says there is nothing wrong if anyone in the family opts to contest an election.

For Chand, the contest is a matter of prestige. He has been contesting elections from the same constituency since 1977.

"Every citizen who is eligible has the right to contest elections," said Chand.

Ashmita says that her main complaint remains with the BJP, the national party, for which she worked tirelessly in the past but it still denied her an MLA's ticket.

At least 149 candidates are in fray for the nine constituencies of Gorakhpur District which go to polls on May 3.

ANI

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