Punjabi brother-sister duo contest in GE 2015

Tuesday 05th May 2015 10:37 EDT

British Punjabi brother and sister are all set to enter the political arena by contesting in the upcoming elections 2015. 31 years old Arun Photay 31 and 27 years old Suria Photay are contesting on a Conservative Party ticket from Yardley, Birmingham, and Wolverhampton South East, respectively. While Arun is a local councillor, Suria is contesting elections for the first time.

Highly-motivated and energetic, both Arun and Suria share similar vision for their constituencies and want to ensure improvement in education and attract local business to boost economy in their constituencies. Having roots in Punjab (father from India), Arun and Suria are excited about contesting parliamentary election together.

Bangladesh PM's niece amongst Bengali candidates

Tulip Siddiq, a grand-daughter of the founder of Bangladesh Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and a niece of the present Bangladeshi prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, is among several Bengali candidates in the British general election scheduled for Thursday 7 May.

Siddiq is the opposition Labour party's candidate in the prestigious constituency of Hampstead and Kilburn. This seat was held by the Academy Award-winning former actress Glenda Jackson, who won by a mere 42 votes last time in 2010 and is not seeking re-election.

Hampstead and Kilburn is expected to be very closely contested. But opinion polls indicate Siddiq may have a slender lead over her Conservative party and Liberal Democrat rivals. The last mentioned is, incidentally, of Pakistani origin - Maajid Nawaz.

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