Tuesday, September 22, 2009

All in the family: Dynasty part of Indian politics

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 VV 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 four-time sitting MLA, state Finance Minister Sunil Deskhmukh, from the seat.
CNN-IBN's Face The Nation debated: President's son to fight polls: Is dynasty firmly entrenched in politics now?
To try and answer the question on the panel of experts were Spokesperson Maharashtra Congress, Anant Gadgil; NCP leader, Jitendra Awhad; MP and BJP Spokesperson, Rajiv Pratap Rudy; and Political Editor Hindustan Times, Vinod Sharma.

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