Political nepotism is the characteristic of Indian politics. There is nothing new in it. But Maharashtra is going through the real sense of political dynasty. A new generation of politicians is on the way to inherit the job from their parents.
Here is the list of the leaders of the new generation who inherited the job from their families.
Supriya Sule, 37, Sharad Pawar’s only daughter joined NCP and now very much active in active politics. She is the member of its national council and may be she got a Rajya Sabha nomination.
Two Mumbai MPs Milind Deora and Priya Dutt are from the Congress stable with neither having any political experience.
Milind Deora, 29, is the MP of south Mumbai. The seat once held by his father Union Petroleum Minister Murli Deora.
Priya Dutt got the Lok Sabha ticket from the party after the death of his father Sunil Dutt.
Shiv Sena was earlier known as critic of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty but landed up in the same class. Udhhav Thackeray got the top job.
The famous sibling-rivalry between Raj Thackeray and Uddhav Thackeray was not the conflict of ideology but to get the Bal Thackeray’s legacy.
Balasaheb Thackeray, once the vociferous critic of political nepotism in Indian politics is now defending it.
It is not just the story of Mumbai; Western Maharashtra is also watching the same story of nepotism where the same family controls the entire power network such as sugar factories, cooperative banks and local politics.
Prataprao Pawar is the brother of Sharad Pawar is having control on the Sakal group of newspapers.
Ajit Pawar, his nephew, is the minister for irrigation in the Maharashtra government.
NDTV reports that the Pawar family indirectly owns the control over the Sakhar Sangh. It is the apex body of sugar factories in the state and the Maharashtra state cooperative bank.
This is politics of India, once the most ferocious critics of political dynasty in Indian politics, Sharad Pawar and Bala Saheb Thackeray, have gave way, when it comes to their own.