Sons, daughters of politicians rise in Maharashtra
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Last Updated: Thursday, October 22, 2009, 21:11
Mumbai: Sons and daughters of top leaders made a political debut tasting victory in the Maharashtra Assembly polls carrying forward dynastic politics with President Pratibha Patil's son Rajendra Singh Shekawat leading the pack.

Vying for a spot in the Sun, the victorious candidates from across the political spectrum won from the pocket boroughs of their family in the state.

From the Congress, the debutante candidates included Shekawat who beat Sunil Deshmukh, the party's rebel candidate and state minister, in Amravati. Deshmukh, who is also the state minister, lost by about 5,600 votes after initially leading.

Union Minister and former Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh's son Amit and another Union Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde's daughter Praniti also romped home winners. Amit and Praniti won from their father's bastions in Latur and Solapur respectively.

Congress ally NCP also had its share of children of top political leaders tasting success in their debut. They included Pankaj Bhujbal, son of Deputy Chief Minister and senior NCP leader Chagan Bhujbal. Pankaj won from Nandgaon constituency in Nashik.

The legacy trend in the opposition alliance also tasted some success when BJP leader and former Deputy Chief Minister Gopinath Munde's daughter Pankaja Palve won from Parli. Incidentally, her Congress rival whom Pankaja beat was Prof T P Munde, a lecturer in the college where she studied.

But not all the candidates with a strong political lineage could push for a debut. The prominent losers were Poonam Mahajan, niece of Munde and daughter of slain BJP leader Pramod Mahajan. Poonam was vanquished by Ram Kadam of MNS.

Shekawat, who faced constant jibes that he got Congress nomination from Amravati because of his lineage, said his mother had no role to play in the elections. His father Devisingh Shekhawat had been chosen from the constituency about two decades ago.

Some other successful debutantes included Shiv Sena's Om Raje Nimbalkar, son of murdered Congress leader Pawan Raje Nimbalkar.

Some sons nominated by the Congress bit the dust at the hustings. They included Rahul Puglia, son of senior leader Naresh Puglia.

Madan Bhosale, son of former Pradesh Congress Committee chief Prataprao Bhosale, who had been an independent MLA and who got a Congress ticket this time lost.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, October 22, 2009, 21:11

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