Courting politics: 16 lawyers among the contenders

In three wards, lawyers are pitted against each other.

Written by Hina Rohtaki | Chandigarh | Published:December 8, 2016 1:08 pm

THEY MAY be pleading for their clients in court, but these days several advocates are also busy wooing voters.
Of 122 candidates in fray for the Municipal Corporation elections, 16 including some women, are lawyers. In three wards, lawyers are pitted against each other. Harmohinder Singh Lucky, Mahesh Inder Singh Sidhu, Poonam Sharma, Rajesh Sharma, Raj Bala Malik, Deipa Asdhir Dubey, Meenakshi Chaudhary, Arun Sood, Davesh Moudgil, Saurabh Joshi, Asha Jaiswal, Raj Kishore are, among others, lawyers by profession who jumped into the political arena.

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One of the youngest candidates, BJP’s Kanwarjeet Rana is also pursuing law from Panjab University. Congress dissident Manjit Chauhan, who has filed as an Independent from ward 11, is also a lawyer.

Harmohinder Singh Lucky, who is contesting from ward 1 and will be facing BJP’s Maheshinder Sidhu, feels that lawyers know legal issues well and this gives them an edge over candidates from other professions.

“Advocates can make good councillors because they are aware of legal issues and are up-to-date about the changing laws. They are well aware of the issues pertaining to public because they keep taking up public interest litigations. The only difference here is that in the court, they have to put forth the facts before the judge and here- the officers,” said Lucky.

Raj Bala Malik, who is contesting from ward 2, says it is a lawyer who can understand the legal consequences of a decision better than anyone else. “In case if a decision has to be taken in public interest, it is the lawyer who can understand what legal consequences that decision can follow,” Malik said.

While canvassing, the advocates are pleading for themselves quite well. From pointing out what the previous councillors did to the failure of the corporation, the are convincing the residents to vote for them.Arun Sood said the lawyers are good orators and know how to plead issues well.

“It has been a trend from the beginning. Advocates have a good knowledge of the constitution. They are good orators. What a lawyer can draft, a person with other profession can’t do,” said Sood.

In ward 1, 2 and 8, it is a lawyer against a lawyer. Where Mayor Arun Sood has been fielded by BJP, Congress has fielded Rajesh Sharma, another lawyer, against him in ward 8. In ward 2, advocate Raj Bala Malik will face advocate Deipa Asdhir Dubey and in ward 1 Lucky will face Sidhu. Before being given the ticket, Sidhu was the Additional Advocate General of Haryana.

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