Guar exporter's daughter, crusader for farmer rights and Rs-197-cr candidate
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As heir to a booming guar gum export business, Kamini Jindal, 25, helped her father B D Agarwal with the balance sheets and sundry jobs of the trade. That was until the latter decided to come up with a political party that has now made Kamini a household name in Sriganganagar.
Clad in simple salwar suits, she walked into houses concrete or kutcha, touched the feet of elders, hugged those her age and struck a conversation with everyone. And ever since she filed the affidavit declaring her assets, Kamini has had more questions to field than most other new entrants. At Rs 197 crore, she is among the richest candidates in the state but says she fails to see why there is such amazement at that.
She is the director of the world's largest manufacturer and exporter of guar gum powder, Vikas WSP Ltd. She says it would have been a joke if she declared less. "We are tax-paying citizens and have put down what we have. There is nothing wrong in it. Moreover, as the director of a booming export business that has been there since the 1980s, who would believe me if I put down an unearthly low figure," says Kamini, whose family arrived in Rajasthan from Haryana in the 1970s.
The foray into politics was an intriguing one for Kamini, who has always been a known face in Sriganganar, engaging with the local community on social work, owing to her father's involvement with local farmers.
Guar gum, which made headlines after its prices increased manifold, might have changed the lives of several traders and manufacturers but farmers on the field hardly benefited from the exports. Over two years ago, when a number of farmers committed suicide in the arid district of Sriganganagar, multimillionaire Agarwal decided to champion the cause of the farmers who were growing the raw material for his flourishing company. But when he went out offering help, several farmers snubbed him saying he could do no more than offer money while political parties were showing little sympathy for them.