End to an era of dynast politics?

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With the great festival of democracy, The Lok Sabha elections of 2019 coming to an end, the results of the elections can’t be any more interesting. The historic victory of the Bhartiya Janta Party has re- elected our Prime Minister, Narendra Modi for yet another 5-year term as the Prime Minister of India. While BJP gained its victory over 303 seats and 353 seats in total with NDA, there have been many contestants whose victory or loss have been a matter of debate and analysis after the results. One major point observed are the candidates who happen to be the wards of famous political leaders are losing from various constituencies. The impact of dynast politics has always been a matter of debate since long.

Lok Sabha elections of 2019 also provide us with the negative results of such dynast politicians and indicate towards potential over emotions and dynasty. Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s son, Vaibhav Gehlot, candidate of Congress from Rajasthan’s Jodhpur constituency has lost by a margin of 2, 69,631 votes. Manvendra Singh, son of one of the BJP’s founding members, Jaswant Singh, has lost on Rajasthan’s Barmer constituency by around 3.2 lakh votes, where he was contesting for Congress.

Parth, son of Ajit Pawar, former deputy CM of Maharashtra, has lost by a margin of 2, 15,913 votes from Maharashtra’s Maval constituency, where he was contesting for NCP. Former MP, Murli Deora’s son Milind Murli Deora, who was constituting for Congress from South Mumbai constituency has lost by a margin of 1,00,067 votes. Along with this, big political personalities, who also belong to famous political lineages, like Rahul Gandhi- son of Rajiv Gandhi, Ashok Chavan- son of Shankarrao Chavan, Jyotiraditya Scindia- son of former Union minister Madhav Rao Scindia have lost from Amethi, Nanded and Guna respectively while contesting for the Congress Party.

Recently, at the Congress Working Committee meeting on Saturday, Rahul Gandhi criticised Congress leaders like Kamalnath, Ashok Gehlot and P Chidambaram for working more towards promoting their sons to put their sons above the interests of the party. While these incidents are not new, they definitely are an eye opener for the political leaders and a clear indicator that the citizens have chosen potential, development and real hard efforts over emotions, dynasty and big names associated with their candidates.


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