The Babies Run The Bathwater
The Congress party may be the standard-bearers but when it comes to creating dynastic streaks, none of the other parties are far behind. Almost all the socialists and Lohiaites of the past have got sons and nephews in place, the latest being Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav who’s got son Akhilesh manning our biggest state, Uttar Pradesh. Speaking of the state, even the BJP leaders there, like Kalyan Singh (yet again in the party) and Rajnath Singh are moving the pawns to get the succession story right. In fact, sources say Kalyan’s whole objective of manoeuvring his way back was essentially to establish son Rajveer Singh’s career (he’s been made state vice-president). Current BJP president Rajnath has anointed son Pankaj Singh as general secretary of the state unit. Now if these two can do it, can veteran Lalji Tandon be far behind? His son Gopal Tandon has also got a key slot in the new state executive. As one party veteran put it, gone are the days when leaders did the “jhanda ooncha rahe hamara”. Today’s slogan is “handa mere parivar ka rahe ooncha sada”.