Kal, aaj aur kal: Rise of political heirs in UP’s Lok Sabha race | Lucknow News

Kal, aaj aur kal: Rise of political heirs in UP’s Lok Sabha race | Lucknow News

He graduated in accounting and management from Queen Mary University of London in 2019. Five years later, just a month after he turned 25 in March this year, Pushpendra Saroj was declared Samajwadi Party candidate from Kaushambi in Lok Sabha Elections.
His political qualification? Pushpendra is the son of SP national general secretary Indrajeet Saroj, who lost the same seat by a slender margin of 39,000 in 2019 to BJP’s Vinod Sonkar.Saroj Junior is also facing Sonkar. Their constituency voted in the fifth phase on May 20.

Pushpendra is not the only candidate carrying forward his political family’s legacy this time. The Family Business is thriving in Battle 2024. Strongman and former WFI chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, when was denied a ticket after being accused by women wrestlers of sexual harassment, managed to get one for his younger son, Karan Bhushan,34, to contest from Kaiserganj as a BJP candidate. His younger son, Prateek, is already an MLA from Gonda Sadar seat.
In neighbouring Gonda, Shreya Verma, 31, of SP is challenging BJP sitting MP Kirti Vardhan Singh. Shreya, an alumna of Welham Girls’ School, Dehraun and Ramjas College, Delhi, is the granddaughter of prominent Kurmi leader Beni Prasad Verma. Her father Rakesh Verma was also a minister in Akhilesh Yadav’s govt between 2012-17.

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Another DU alumna and scion of a political family is Priya Saroj, 26, making her electoral debut from Machhlishahr reserved seat on an SP ticket. Daughter of SP’s Kerakat MLA Tufani Saroj, Priya is a practising lawyer in the Supreme Court. Tufani Saroj is a three-time former MP, having won from erstwhile Saidpur seat in 1999 and 2004 and the present-day Machhlishahr in 2009.
Similarly, BJP has replaced its sitting Bahraich MP Akshaibar Lal Gond with his son Anand Gond. Anand, 50, is an MBA and PhD and is involved in a host of social activities in the region. Akshaibar, a BJP veteran, is also a fiveterm MLA. Same is the case with Iqra Hasan, 27, a post graduate in international Law from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies. She is also making her electoral debut from Kairana, a seat represented by both her father, Chaudhary Munnawar Hasan and mother, Begum Tabassum Hasan in the past. Her brother, Nahid Hasan, is the sitting MLA from Kairana assembly seat.
Chandan Chauhan, 35, who has made his debut in LS polls from Bijnor on an RLD ticket, is the son of former Bijnor MP Sanjay Singh Chauhan who won the seat in 2009. Chandan, a Gurjar, is at present RLD MLA from Meerapur assembly seat.
In Deoria, Shashank Mani Tripathi, 59, the son of former MP, Retd Lt Prakash Mani Tripathi, is a BJP candidate while in Prayagraj, Ujjwal Raman Singh, the son of former MP and minister Rewati Raman Singh is facing the son of former UP Speaker Keshari Nath Tripathi, Neeraj Tripathi.
The family business is as old as politics and shows no signs of change in UP. So much so that all Yadav candidates of SP are from the party’s first family – Akhilesh, Dimple, Dharmendra, Akshay and Aditya. Of them, Adit ya, the son of Shivpal Yadav, made his electoral debut from Budaun on May 7. Laliteshpati, a fourth generation scion of another prominent political family of Kamlapati Tripathi, is the sole TMC candidate in the state, contesting from Bhadohi.
Dynasty politics and dynasts are differently defined by different groups, depending on their convenience. If Yadavs and Gandhis are accused of being dynasts -Rahul Gandhi, a fourtime MP, inherited his mother’s constituency Rae Bareli this time -they also accused BJP of allowing kin of politicians to thrive.
Until 2019, the BJP used the dynasty politics plank effectively against parties like Congress, Samajwadi Party, and RLD (which is now part of the NDA) when it was able to create a narrative that Gandhis of Congress and Yadavs of SP were products of dynasty politics, and they care about the family well-being more than the people. They claimed that after the first PM Jawaharlal Nehru, the reins of Congress largely remained with his family.
Another prominent Congress family to have left its mark has been of former CM Kamlapati Tripathi. One of his three sons, Lokpati Tripathi, also became a minister in UP while his wife Chandra was a Congress MP. Lokpati’s son Rajeshpati Tripathi, too, became an MLC while his Laliteshpati has quit the Congress and is now contesting from Bhadohi on the TMC’s ticket.
From Congress, former external minister Dinesh Singh and his daughter Ratna Singh have both represented Pratapgarh in Lok Sabha while when veteran Pramod Tiwari decided to quit his Rampur Khas assembly seat for a Rajya Sabha berth, the seat was inherited by his daughter Aradhna Mishra.
With the end of Congress era from UP in 1989, a socialist Mulayam Singh Yadav rose to the forefront of mainstream politics. With him came into being one of the biggest and strongest political dynasties of the country. With Mulayam, came along his cousin Ramgopal Yadav and brother Shivpal Yadav. While Ramgopal centred himself around Delhi politics, Shivpal walked hand in hand with Mulayam in the UP politics to fortify the SP, after his formation in 1992.
Political analysts say that Akhilesh’s rise in the politics is a classical case of dynasty politics, as Mulayam handed over his Kannauj Lok Sabha seat to him after winning from two constituencies in 1999 Lok Sabha polls. “While Akhilesh kept winning the seat for the next two LS polls, he was handed over the chair of chief minister by the patriarch in 2012, when SP got the full majority for the first time in the state,” they say.
Thereafter, Mulayam’s nephews Dharmendra and Akshay and grand nephew Tej Pratap, all became MPs and so did Akhilesh’s wife Dimple. This time Shivpal’s son Aditya is trying his luck from Budaun. At one point of time between 2012 and 2017 when Akhilesh was the chief minister, more than two dozen members of the family were elected representatives -from parliament to panchayat.
Late gangster-politician Mukhtar Ansari’s clan is also deeply into politics, representing both SP and BSP alternately. They also formed their own outfit, Qaumi Ekta Dal. While Mukhtar was a five-time former MLA his elder brother Afzal was also a fiver-term MLA and two-time MP. He is now contesting for a third term in parliament. Besides, their second generation is represented in the UP assembly by Mukhtar’s son Abbas and Suhaib Ansari, the son of Mukhtar’s another elder brother Sibgatullah -himself a two-time former MLA.While Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD), too, is a family-driven party with third generation politician Jayant Chaudhary, the grandson of Chaudhary Charan Singh, leading it, BJP and other allies are not far behind.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s son Pankaj Singh is an MLA from Noida though BJP functionaries say that he has earned his position by rising through the ranks. Rajnath’s younger son Neeraj Singh is active in politics and was supervising his election campaign in Lucknow this time.
Similarly, former CM Kalyan Singh’s son Rajveer Singh has been with the BJP organisation before being nominated as a Rajya Sabha member. Now he is eyeing his third term in Lok Sabha from Etah. Rajveer’s son Sandeep Singh was also a two-term MLA and now primary education minister in the Yogi govt. Another UP minister and its Pilibhit candidate Jitin Prasada is the son of former Congress vice-president Jitendra Prasada, who famously contested the election for the party’s president’s post against Sonia Gandhi in 2000.BJP’s alliance partner SBSP chief Om Prakash Rajbhar is open about settling his sons Arvind Rajbhar and Arun Rajbhar in politics. He himself is cabinet minister in the Yogi government and has managed to field his son Arvind from the Ghosi Lok Sabha seat as an NDA candidate. Arun is the general secretary of the SBSP.
Another partner NISHAD Party chief Dr Sanjay Nishad has managed to get a BJP ticket for his son Pravin Nishad from Sant Kabir Nagar Lok Sabha seat. He is looking at his third term, having won a bypoll as an SP candidate from Gorakhpur in 2018 and from Sant Kabir Nagar on a BJP ticket in 2019 general elections. Another NDA member Apna Dal (S) is also run by a family. Party chief Anupriya is the daughter of founder Sonelal Patel and is now Union minister for the second time while her husband Ashish Patel is a cabinet minister in the Yogi government.
Interestingly, Bahujan Samaj Party was one of the few outfits which resisted dynasty politics, however months before the 2024 Lok Sabha polls, party chief Mayawati anointed his nephew Akash Anand as her successor. It’s another story that she withdrew him midway through the polls, calling Akash ‘not matured enough’.
Political observers say that there is no harm if a political leader’s son or daughter, or close relative, choses to enter politics but there is a thin line that separates dynasty politics and a worthy kin’s choice to take a plunge.

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