AFTER HIS son Raninder Singh decided to hang up his boots as a politician, Punjab Congress president Capt Amarinder Singh is apparently introducing his 27-year-old grandson, Nirvan Singh, to politics.
Nirvan, who is the younger son of Amarinder’s daughter, Jai Inder Kaur, is being perceived as Amarinder’s heir apparent in politics considering his presence at the PCC president’s rallies and party meetings. Nirvan has been handling Amarinder’s social media profiles for some time now.
Recently, Amarinder, in a stance against dynasty politics, had announced that Raninder was no longer interested in politics. He had told the Indian Express that Raninder’s first love remained shooting and that he was doing very well in that field.
Raninder has unsuccessfully contested two elections in his political career. One from Bathinda Lok Sabha constituency in 2014 against Harsimrat Kaur Badal.
The other, in the 2012 Assembly election, when he was fielded from Samana, a constituency nurtured by Amarinder’s brother, Malwinder Singh, who was a claimant for the ticket. Raninder lost the election and the family faced embarrassment when Malwinder quit Congress and joined Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD). It is said Amarinder’s wife, Preneet Kaur, had prevailed upon the high command to name her son as the party candidate.
Amarinder’s daughter has kept away from active politics but is known for handling her mother’s election campaigns.
A postgraduate in International Relations from a UK-based university, Nirvan is seen accompanying his grandfather to Delhi and Chandigarh. He was also present in ‘Badlaav’ rally in Bathinda when Amarinder took charge as PCC president. Nirvan is also Amarinder’s pointsperson for liaisoning with Congress strategist Prashant Kishor. On whether he was nurturing a dream to be a politician, Nirvan said, “Nothing like that,” adding that when he returned from UK, “I found my grandfather not doing enough to utilise the social media to reach out to the masses. I started managing his Twitter and Facebook accounts ever since,” he said.
Nirvan would be accompanying Amarinder and Prashant to Gurdaspur Tuesday, where the latter would be holding a district-level meeting.