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Dynasty politics unite Cong, BJP in Maharashtra

Sep 23, 2009 12:16 AM IST Politics Politics

Mumbai: The love of dynasties seems to unite both the BJP and the Congress in Maharashtra, with several sons and daughters being given tickets for the upcoming Assembly polls. But the ticket that has raised the most eyebrows is that which has been given to President Pratibha Patil's son. He is now set to be the Congress candidate from Amravati.

Rajendra Shekhawat is the second son in Indian history to be fighting elections whose parent is a sitting president.

The first one to do so was V Shankar Giri, son of the president V V Giri who fought and won on a Congress ticket from Madhya Pradesh in the early '70s.

Shekhawat is making his electoral debut in style - ensuring the exit of state Finance Minister Sunil Deskhmukh from the Amravati seat.

"My family has been in the Congress for 40 years. My mother has worked for this party. My father has held several posts for the party," says Rajendra Shekhawat.

BJP Spokerperson, Rajiv Pratap Rudy says, "The President house should have avoided getting into this."

However, opposition to this move is just for the sake of it for the BJP too has become a victim of dynasty politics in Maharashtra.

Late BJP leader Pramod Mahajan's daughter, Poonam Mahajan-Rao is also getting a ticket in the state and she says that she has learnt a lot from her father.

Over 60 leaders in Maharashtra are seeking tickets for their children. Some of the big-wigs include:

  • Union Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh who is pitching for a ticket for his son Amit Deshmukh from Latur Assembly segment
  • Union Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde is lobbying for his daugther, Praniti Shinde, from Sholapur and his son-in-law Raj Shroff from Mumbai's posh Malabar hill
  • Maharashtra Congress President Manikrao Thakre is hopeful of swinging a ticket in favour of his son Rahul
  • Himachal Governor Prabha Rau is lobbying for her daughter Charulata Tokas's candidature
  • Narayanan Rane is asking for a ticket for his son, Nitesh Rane. His other son Nilesh is already a Congress MP
  • In the BJP, party General Secretary Gopinath Munde has already got three tickets for his daughter, son-in-law and niece. Now lobbying for a ticket for his nephew Dhananjay Munde as well.
  • Within the NCP, Sharad Pawar's nephew Ajit Pawar is already a minister

Ironically, the present Chief Minister of Maharashtra is also a product of the son-rise syndrome. He is the son of former chief minister S B Chavan.

In Congress, Rahul Gandhi continues to keep the Gandhi flag flying high and other political parties are simply following suit.

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