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Gujarat: BJP, Congress Favour Dynasts, Field Sons Of Party Leaders In 20 Seats

Gujarat: BJP, Congress Favour Dynasts, Field Sons Of Party Leaders In 20 Seats

The BJP and the Congress are fielding several dyansts in the upcoming elections. As many as 20 such leaders are being fielded by both the parties.

Gujarat Assembly polls
Gujarat Assembly polls Photo: PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi admonishes dynasts public and calls dynastic politics a "disease" but that has not come in the way of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) fielding dynasts in the upcoming Gujarat assembly elections.

The BJP and the Congress are fielding several dyansts in the upcoming elections. As many as 20 such leaders are being fielded by both the parties. 

The Opposition Congress has fielded 13 such candidates and the BJP has fielded seven candidates. The BJP has been in power in Gujarat for over two decades.

Political analysts say parties are at times compelled to give tickets to dynasts either due to the strong winnability factor or in the absence of an alternative in the constituencies where these leaders wield clout. Gujarat is full of such cases in the upcoming general election.

"There are several families in all political parties which consider politics as their legacy. Such families wield huge influence in their respective seats and can sway the electoral outcome," said political analyst Ravindra Trivedi.

He said parties are unable to find an option for such leaders and therefore they are compelled to give tickets to their close kin.

Trivedi also said in some instances there are 'dabang' (strongman) leaders against whom no other leader from their political parties dares to stand.

"They keep winning successive terms and are given tickets because parties fail to find an alternative. Even when they are replaced, it has to be their sons, daughters or wives," said Trivedi.

BJP vs Congress dynasts

When tribal leader and 10-time Congress MLA Mohansinh Rathva severed his decades-old ties with the parent party and joined BJP last month, the BJP rewarded him by fielding his son Rajendrasinh Rathva from Chhota Udepur seat, which is reserved for Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates. 

There he is facing another dynast. BJP's Rajendrasinh will face Congress' Sangramsinh Rathwa, the son of former Railways minister Naran Rathwa, both making their poll debuts.

Sitting MLA from Sanand seat in Ahmedabad district Kanu Patel is the son of former Congress MLA Karansinh Patel. The Patel senior joined the BJP in 2017, paving the way or his son to contest from Sanand again. The BJP has repeated Kanu Patel from the same seat.

BJP, Congress dynasts in the fray

BJP's candidate from Thasra, Yogendra Parmar, is the son of two-time MLA Ramsinh Parmar, who had won on a Congress ticket in 2007 and 2012 before quitting the party in 2017 but was defeated by a BJP candidate. 

Shailesh Parmar, a two-time MLA of Congress from the Danilimda seat in Ahmedabad, is the son of former MLA Manubhai Parmar. The Congress has once again reposed its faith in Shailesh for the upcoming elections.

Another such contestant is former two-term MLA Mahendrasinh Vaghela, the son of former Gujarat chief minister Shankersinh Vaghela. 

Mahendrasinh re-joined Congress last month and was fielded by the party from the Bayad seat. He represented the constituency as a Congress MLA between 2012 and 2017, switched over to BJP in 2019, and returned to his parent party- Congress- last month.

Tushar Chaudhary, the son of former chief minister Amarsinh Chaudhary, has been fielded by Congress from Bardoli, a seat reserved for ST candidates. He served as MP of Mandvi between 2004-09 and of Bardoli from 2009 to 2014.

Jayesh Radadiya, the son of former BJP MP from Porbandar seat (late) Vitthal Radadiya, had won the 2009 by-election to the Dhoraji Assembly seat. He won the 2012 Assembly elections from the Jetpur constituency as a Congress candidate. Jayesh and his father resigned from Congress in 2013. 

In the 2017 polls, the Radadiya junior won on a BJP ticket from Jetpur. He went on to become a minister in the cabinet headed by Vijay Rupani. The BJP has fielded him from Jetpur for the next month's elections.

(With PTI inputs)

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