As a result of society’s awareness of the evils like nepotism in Indian politics, the problem has been curbed to some extent but it will take a long time to eradicate it completely.
Nepotism is a major evil in politics and the BJP is fighting it aggressively. But if we look at the names of the candidates fielded by various parties for the Gujarat Assembly elections, we remember a saying that an elephant has some teeth to show and some to eat. If seen, dynasticism has also become a tradition which is followed in every election as the first priority of all political parties is to make a candidate who has the ability to win the election, irrespective of his background.
Looking at the names of BJP candidates in Gujarat, out of 182 seats, the party has nominated former or sons of former MLAs on 7 seats, while the Congress has given tickets to sons of MLAs or former MLAs on 13 seats. If we look at the reasons for giving tickets to the sons and leaders of Gujarat, it will be seen that they have been made candidates only because of their strong ability to win. The list of candidates shows that in constituencies where a candidate was overshadowed by his rival due to his father’s dominance, political parties were forced to field son-leaders.
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If you see the names of some leaders and sons, the whole situation will become clear. For example, Mohan Singh Rathwa, a tribal leader and 10-time Congress MLA, benefited when his son severed decades-old ties with the Congress party and joined the BJP last month. BJP has given ticket to his son Rajendra Singh Rathwa from Chhota Udepur seat. Now reserved for Scheduled Tribes, there will be a direct contest between Rajendra Singh Rathwa and former Railway Minister Naran Rathwa’s son and Congress leader Sangram Singh Rathwa.
Apart from this, the current MLA from Sanand seat of Ahmedabad district Kanu Patel is the son of former Congress MLA Karansingh Patel. Karan Singh left the party and joined the BJP in 2017. BJP has once again given ticket to his son Kanu Patel from this seat. On the other hand, Yogendra Parmar, the BJP candidate from Thasara assembly seat, is the son of two-time MLA Ram Singh Parmar. Ram Singh Parmar won on the party’s ticket in 2007 and 2012 before quitting the Congress in 2017, but lost as a BJP candidate. Hence BJP has now given a chance to his son Yogendra Parmar.
On the other hand, Shailesh Parmar, a two-time Congress MLA from Ahmedabad’s Danilimda seat, is the son of former MLA Manubhai Parmar. Congress has once again expressed confidence in Shailesh Parmar. If you look at other examples, you will find that Mahendra Singh Vaghela, son of former Gujarat Chief Minister Shankarsinh Vaghela and two-time MLA, is also contesting from Baid seat this time. Let us tell you that Mahendra Singh Vaghela joined the Congress once again last month. Mahendra Singh Vaghela represented Baid constituency as a Congress MLA between 2012 and 2017. He joined the BJP in 2019, though he returned to the Congress last month.
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Similarly, Congress has given ticket to Tushar Chaudhary, son of former Gujarat Chief Minister Amar Singh Chaudhary, from Bardoli, a seat reserved for Scheduled Tribes. Tushar Chaudhary has been the MP from Mandvi from 2004-09 and from Bardoli from 2009 to 2014. Whereas, Jayesh Raddia, son of former BJP MP (late) Vitthal Raddia from Porbandar seat, won the 2009 by-election from Dhoraji assembly seat. He won the 2012 assembly election from the Jetpur seat as a Congress candidate. Jayesh Raddia and his father Vitthal Raddia resigned from the Congress in 2013. Later, Jayesh Raddia won the election from Jetpur on a BJP ticket in 2017. After this he was also a minister in Vijay Rupani’s government. BJP has given him ticket again this time from Jetpur.
However, if seen, there are many families in all political parties who consider politics as their heritage. Such families have significant influence in their respective seats and can influence election results. All political parties cannot find any alternative to such leaders and are therefore forced to give tickets to those close to them. Apart from this, there are many domineering leaders in some places, against whom no other leader or worker of their political parties dare to stand in the elections. In this way every time election tickets are given to bullies or their family members. Well… the society’s awareness of the evils like nepotism in politics is a result of the problem being curbed to some extent but it will take a long time to completely end it.