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Dynasty, Larger Than Life Netas Deny Second Rung Politicians A Spot In The Sun

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Dynasty, Larger Than Life Netas Deny Second Rung Politicians A Spot In The Sun

Dynasty-driven political parties in India have habitually shunned second rung leaders outside the family. Parties driven by individual personality and charisma too have stymied the growth of younger leaders, often at the cost of the political outfits they lead.

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In 2014, the Badal clan in Punjab was flying high. The patriarch, Parkash Singh Badal, was the chief minister, with his son Sukhbir the deputy. Sukhbir’s brother-in-law Bikram Sin­gh Majithia was a powerful cabinet minister, as was another brother-in-law, Adesh Partap Singh Kairon.

Their party, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), was a National Democratic Alliance (NDA) ally, and had just ridden the Narendra Modi political tsunami which was poised to crash on the sho­res of power in Delhi.

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