Lucknow: The first phase of Lok Sabha elections is on April 11 and in Uttar Pradesh, eight constituencies go to polls on the day. However, in the state, many political families are in the field for a place in the Lok Sabha. Though the BJP has repeatedly attacked the Congress for nepotism, rest assured it is not the only party to have more than one member of the family fighting for a seat.
For some, like the Chaudhary family, it is a battle for regaining past glory while for others, like the Yadav clan, it is just a matter of consolidating their position. However, this is not to say that this Lok Sabha election will make it easy for anyone.
Here’s a look at the families in the Lok Sabha battle this time:
Mother-son: UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi are both candidates from Uttar Pradesh. While Sonia would be contesting from Rae Bareli, son Rahul is the Congress candidate from his traditional seat of Amethi, though he is contesting from Wayanad in Kerala as well.
The other mother-son duo also belongs to the same family. Union minister Maneka Gandhi is fighting this election from Sultanpur while her son Varun Sanjay Gandhi is the BJP candidate from Pilibhit which has been his mother’s seat.
Mother-daughter: Seasoned politicians both, Krishna Patel and her daughter Anupriya, also a Union minister, are in the poll arena. Anupriya heads Apna Dal (S) and is contesting from Mirzapur while mother Krishna, who heads Apna Dal (K) would be contesting from Gonda. Krishna has entered into a poll alliance with the Congress while Anupriya is in alliance with the BJP.
Father-son: The first duo that comes to one’s mind is that of Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam and his son Akhilesh. Both former chief ministers of the state, both wield enough influence on the electorate. While Mulayam is contesting from Mainpuri, a seat that is known by his name, Akhilesh is fighting from Azamgarh this time.
The other father-son duo is that of Rashtriya Lok Dal leaders Ajit Singh and Jayant Chaudhary. Ajit gave up his Baghpat seat and is contesting from Muzaffarnagar this time. Jayant is fighting from Baghpat.
Husband-wife: Akhilesh also has his wife Dimple for company. As mentioned above, Akhilesh is contesting from Azamgarh while Dimple is the SP candidate from Kannauj.
Cousins: While Rahul Gandhi has his cousin Varun as a BJP candidate, there are the Yadav cousins trying their luck too. Akhilesh’s cousins Akshay and Dharmendra are contesting this Lok Sabha election. All these people are sitting MPs.
Uncle-Nephew: The Yadav family has many members in the political arena. So there is an uncle-nephew combination as well. This particular combination is worth mentioning because from Firozabad, sitting MP Akshay is pitted against uncle Shivpal Yadav.