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'I feel Sidhu should be given a chance'
NAMES: Chohans, Amritsar, Punjab

Baldev Singh Chohan, 64, former municipal councillor of Amritsar, lives on Ranjit Avenue, in the city center, with his wife Jasvinder Kaur, 55, and two sons Jasdev Singh, 35, and Amritpal, 30, and their wives Jasmin Kaur, 28 and Manpreet Kaur, 26.

Father and sons take care of the flourishing family enterprises -- they have a retail cloth shop and a computer business. Three cars are parked at their home.

"I have lost interest in politics, despite the fact that I was a political activist myself at one point in time. No matter which party comes to power in Punjab or who gets elected from the Amritsar parliamentary seat nobody does anything for this district.

"We have no roads in this city. Other civic facilities are almost non-existent," he says.

Says son Jasdev, "We do discuss among ourselves who to vote for. I have never voted for the Bharatiya Janata Party. But this time we have Navjot Singh Sidhu in the fray, I will go and vote for him and so will other members of our family."

Jasdev confesses he has no interest in cricket. So why does he want to vote for Sidhu? "Because he is half the age of the Congress candidate R L Bhatia. The old man has done nothing for Amritsar. He has been a member of parliament six times. Now someone younger should get a chance," he feels.

His wife Jasmin, who has not voted in the last two elections, agrees with her husband.

Manpreet also nods her head. "From the day Sidhu entered the contest even little children in our house have been talking about him. He has a personality of his own and I feel he should be given a chance." The family has six votes. All will go to Navjot Singh Sidhu.

"We hope he will do something positive. This city badly needs a flyover from Grand Trunk Road to Golden Temple so that people can visit it without going through the busy roads and congested market places. Another thing that we need is a parking facility. Business suffers because those who want to come to the markets [to shop] are insulted by the traffic policemen for [the way they] park their vehicles."

The Chohans spoke to Onkar Singh in Amritsar, Punjab

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