Dynasty issue rises again in Lok Sabha elections, family members and relatives get tickets

On the third side, there are regional parties which have started believing that there is no harm in giving importance to the family.

Bhoomi Goyal
Published on: 2 April 2024 9:33 AM GMT
Dynasty issue rises again in Lok Sabha elections, family members and relatives get tickets

The issue of familyism is a hot topic in the Lok Sabha elections. In the ongoing political war between the two major parties of the country, BJP has put Congress and its allies on the defensive by saying that they are fighting to save their family legacy. In response, Congress is also attacking by citing examples of nepotism related to BJP. On the third side, there are regional parties which have started believing that there is no harm in giving importance to the family. Amidst this discussion, the example of Karnataka came up where there are nine candidates who are relatives of the present ministers of the state. However, it is being seen that no party is lagging behind in giving tickets to family members in this election.

This time a different scene will be seen in Karnataka. All three major parties have given a large number of tickets to the family members of the leaders. However, due to this, BJP and Congress are also facing internal dissatisfaction. BJP may face problems in Shivamogga and Congress in Kolar due to family issues. In Shivamogga, Hassan, Bengaluru Rural and Davangere seats, the main contest is likely to be between candidates belonging to political families.

"Yes, we have. We gave tickets to those who were recommended by the people of the constituency. This is not dynastic politics, but accepting people's opinion," said Siddaramaiah, CM Karnataka.

Doddamani Radhakrishna, son-in-law of Congress President M Mallikarjun Kharge, will contest from Gulbarga. Congress has fielded sons, daughters or wives of nine ministers. There was a plan to field another minister's son-in-law from Kolar but it faced strong opposition. There are more than a dozen names of ministers, former ministers or family members of former MLAs who got tickets in the Congress list.

One of the oldest and important leaders of BJP, K.S., is angry over his son not getting the ticket. Eshwarappa has raised the flag of rebellion. Eshwarappa met former Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa's son and sitting MP B.Y. He has announced to contest the election as an independent candidate against Raghavendra. Yediyurappa's second son B.Y. Apart from being an MLA, Vijayendra is also the state president of the party. The party included former Union Minister of State G.M. Siddheshwar's ticket has been canceled and his wife Gayatri has been made the candidate from Davangere. Former CM Basavaraj Bommai (son of former CM SR Bommai) has also been made a candidate.

Former Prime Minister H.D., three members of Deve Gowda's family are trying their luck. Of these, two are contesting on JD-S and one on BJP ticket. After the alliance, only three seats have come to the account of Deve Gowda's party. On one side, Deve Gowda's son and former Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy and on the other, grandson and MP Prajwal Revanna are in the fray. Deve Gowda's son-in-law Dr. C.N. BJP has fielded Manjunath from Bengaluru Rural seat.

In Rajasthan, both BJP and Congress have not shied away from dynasty politics. Breaking the policy of giving ticket to only one person from a family, BJP has given ticket to the wife of Rajsamand MLA Vishwanath Singh. After the death of Bhanwarlal Sharma, his daughter has been made the candidate from Jaipur city. Taking forward the legacy of former Union Minister Nathuram Mirdha, his granddaughter Jyoti Mirdha has been fielded in Nagaur. Former Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje's son Dushyant is already carrying forward the legacy in Jhalawar.

Congress has fielded Brijendra Ola, son of Shishram Ola, who was MP from Jhunjhunu. Congress has made Rahul Kaswan, son of former MP Ram Singh Kaswan, its candidate from Churu. Kaswa had joined Congress after being denied ticket from BJP. Former Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot's son Vaibhav Gehlot is trying his luck in Jalore-Sirohi, having lost the last election to BJP's Gajendra Singh Shekhawat. Urmila Jain, wife of former minister Pramod Jain Bhaya, has been made the candidate for Jhalawar-Baran seat.

Chhindwara Lok Sabha constituency of Madhya Pradesh is considered to be the strong stronghold of Congress leader and former Chief Minister Kamal Nath. Kamal Nath's son Nakul Nath is the candidate from here. Kamleshwar Patel of Congress is the candidate from Sidhi seat. Kamleshwar is the son of former minister Inderjit Patel. Neelam Mishra is the candidate from Rewa. Neelam is the wife of Sirmaur MLA Abhay Mishra.

Bhoomi Goyal

Bhoomi Goyal

English Content Writer in Newstrack from Jaipur, Rajasthan. (Education, Business, Technology, Political, Sports, Lifestyle, Crime and Webstories)

My self Bhoomi Goyal from Jaipur, Rajasthan. I have passed my Master's in Journalism and Mass Communication this year. I worked in Rajasthan Patrika for six months as an intern. I am working here from June 1st. I passed my graduation in BCA from Rajasthan University and master's in journalism and mass communication from Vivekananda Global University, Jaipur.

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