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Techie tests political waters in Karaparamba

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She might not be familiar with the rough and tumble of electoral politics. But 29-year-old Navya Haridas, a software engineer who quit her job in Singapore, is getting her first lessons on campaigning in this civic body polls.

Ms. Haridas is contesting as BJP nominee from the Karaparamba ward of the Kozhikode Corporation. Her entry to the fray has set the election into a three-cornered contest in the constituency reserved for women. She is facing P.M. Shobha of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and Sindhu Satheesh of the Congress. By the way, all three are in their maiden attempts.

Her plunge into politics was unexpected though she hails from a traditional BJP family. “The party leaders approached me when the Karaparamba ward was reserved for women. And I accepted when they told me they wanted young faces to contest the polls,” Ms. Haridas said.

An engineering graduate from Kozhikode, Ms. Haridas started her career as software engineer at HSBC, Hyderabad. “I was also in Holland for six months and Azerbaijan for eight months. Now I am settled in the city,” she said.

Her husband Shobin Shyam of Kannur is a marine engineer at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. “He supports me during the campaign. I was quite hesitant and shy in the beginning canvassing for votes. At the moment I am familiar with the ways of electioneering.” Ms. Haridas is unsure whether she will win the polls or not in a ward that has been electing LDF and UDF candidates alternatively in the last two elections. “ But I know that I am putting up a tough fight. Last time the BJP got 500 votes. Surely this time it will be altogether a different game,” she says.

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