A newspaper hawker who made it to parliament

It could qualify as a real rags-to-riches story with a lot of determination and guts thrown in. A strong contender for the Chandigarh
Lok Sabha seat, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former MP Satya Pal Jain has come a long way from being a newspaper hawker.

The quick-speaking Jain, 56, is one of the youngest and probably the most educated contestant among the main contenders in the poll fray in Chandigarh.

“I have my feet firmly on the ground as I still remember the days when I used to help my father in his small newspaper shop on the roadside. I have faced many difficulties in life and all the memories are still fresh in my mind,” Jain told IANS.

“These memories gave me motivation to work for people from downtrodden sections who are deprived of basic amenities,” Jain said.

Jain was born in a lower middle-class family of a newspaper agent in Kharar town in Punjab, around 15 km from here.

Today, he is not only a BJP leader but a leading lawyer in constitutional, service and electoral law. He is one of the lawyers of BJP’s prime ministerial candidate L K Advani in the Babri Masjid demolition case before the Liberhan Commission and has also represented other BJP politicians such as M. Venkaiah Naidu, Prem Kumar Dhumal and Navjot Singh Sidhu.Read More

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