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Politicians’ sons, daughters contesting at least 50 seats; Congress fields majority

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Varun Gandhi, 33, is in charge of West Bengal for the BJP. (Reuters) Varun Gandhi, 33, is in charge of West Bengal for the BJP. (Reuters)

From President Pranab Mukherjee’s son Abhijit to Rahul and Varun Gandhi, at least 50 parliamentary constituencies will be contested by ‘sons and daughters’ of politicians of various parties during the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. Of these, a majority of candidates have been fielded from the ruling Congress party.

Abhijit Mukherjee, a sitting MP, is contesting on a Congress ticket from his present Jangipur (West Bengal) constituency while Rahul Gandhi and Varun Gandhi are fighting from Amethi and Pilibhit constituencies in Uttar Pradesh, respectively.

Congress Vice President Rahul is UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi’s son and Varun is the son of Maneka Gandhi, a sitting BJP MP from Uttar Pradesh’s Aonla constituency. Sonia Gandhi, wife of former Prime Minister, the late Rajiv Gandhi, is contesting elections from the Rae Bareli parliamentary constituency.

BJP has this time fielded Varun from Sultanpur and his mother Maneka from Pilibhit. Maneka is the wife of the late Sanjay Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi’s brother. Finance Minister P Chidambaram’s son Karti is in the poll fray from Tamil Nadu’s Sivaganga constituency. Karti is making his debut in Lok Sabha elections from Sivaganga, which is represented by his father in the lower house of Parliament.

Senior BJP leader and former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha’s son Jayant is contesting from Hazaribagh constituency in Jharkhand. Yashwant Sinha is a Lok Sabha member from Hazaribagh.

Sons and Union Ministers of former Congress party leaders, who are no more, are also contesting upcoming Lok Sabha polls. Jyotiraditya Scindia, son of the late Madhavrao Scindia, is contesting from Madhya Pradesh’s Guna constituency. He is a Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power.

Sachin Pilot, son of the late Rajesh Pilot, is contesting from Rajasthan’s Ajmer constituency. Sachin is a Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Corporate Affairs. Jitin Prasada, son of late Jitendra Prasada is contesting from Uttar Pradesh’s Dhaurahra constituency. He is Minister of State for Human Resource Development.

Congress Rajya Sabha MP from Maharashtra and former Cabinet Minister in UPA government Murli Deora’s son Milind is contesting election from South-Mumbai constituency. Milind, Minister of State for Communication and Information Technology and also for Shipping, is a sitting MP from the same seat.

Also, Kerala Governor and former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit’s son Sandeep, a sitting MP, is contesting on a Congress ticket from East Delhi constituency. Haryana’s Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s son Deepender, also a sitting MP, is contesting from Rohtak
constituency.

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi’s son Gourav is contesting from Kaliabor parliamentary constituency on a Congress ticket while Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh’s son Abhishek is in the fray from Rajnandgaon. Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje’s son Dushyant is contesting from the Jhalawar seat in the state as a BJP candidate.

Former Congress Union minister and late actor Sunil Dutt’s daughter Priya is fighting elections from Maharashtra’s Mumbai-North-Central seat. Priya, a sitting MP, is continued…

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