In Haryana, mothers, wives and daughters-in-law hit the campaign trail

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Chandigarh, May 8 (PTI) Behind most successful male politicians in Haryana, particularly if they belong to the Chautala, Bishnoi and Hooda clans that have dominated the political scape, is a mother, wife or daughter-in-law working hard at canvassing for votes to ensure the family legacy is intact.

In a state, infamous for its skewed sex ratio and patriarchal attitudes to women, this dedicated tribe of campaigners has plunged into the heat and dust of electoral politics ahead of the elections on May 12.

The women, some of them MLAs, may not be at the centrestage in this Lok Sabha election but have been quietly working behind the scenes to ensure their sons, husbands and fathers-in-law are voted to power.

For Renuka Bishnoi, politics runs through the generations. She is a Congress MLA from Hansi but has multiple identities in a largely male dominated political space -- daughter-in-law of former chief minister Bhajan Lal, wife of three-time legislator Kuldeep Bishnoi and mother of Bhavya Bishnoi, who makes his electoral debut as the Congress' Lok Sabha candidate from Hisar. ..