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These are India’s 34 most powerful political families

Dynastic politics is not the hallmark of just the Gandhi-Nehru family. It has now become an integral part of Indian polity, cutting across party divides and regional lines. ThePrint brings you 34 most influential dynasties.

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The NTR & YSR families of Andhra

The NTR Legacy
Infographic by Arindam Mukherjee/ThePrint

The dynasty of Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao (better known as NTR) seems to be losing its sheen with members of the family now relegated to the background.

NTR founded the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in 1982 but it is his son-in-law and Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu who has taken over the political mantle. Naidu took over the party in a coup in 1995 but accommodated NTR’s son Harikrishna and another son-in-law D. Venkateshwara Rao by making the former a legislator and the latter a minister.

NTR’s then-wife, Lakshmi Parvathy, who precipitated the crisis that led to the takeover, tried her hand at politics before giving it up.

Of late, NTR’s actor-turned-politician son Nandamuri Balakrishna, popularly called Balayya, contested the state polls from Hindupur on a TDP ticket after the bifurcation of the state in 2014 and won.

NTR’s daughter Daggubati Purandeswari is one of the more successful politicians in the family. A two-time Congress MP from Bapatla and Vishakhpathnam Lok Sabha constituencies, she switched to the BJP soon after the creation of Telangana.

Meanwhile, Naidu’s son Nara Lokesh is all set to take over his father’s political legacy.

Late Andhra CM Y. Rajasekhara Reddy, known more popularly as YSR, died in a plane crash in September 2009. However, his children — Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy and Sharmila — have furthered his politics. Jagan, who broke away from the Congress in 2010 and announced the launch of the YSR Congress in 2011, won the Kadapa Lok Sabha by-election seat by a record margin of over five lakh votes in May 2011 while his mother Y.S. Vijayamma is has been an MLA.

Next – Telangana’s ‘first family’ & the Karunanidhi legacy in Tamil Nadu

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  1. Badal family of Punjab and Scindia Family of Gwalior MP are both royal and Politically Powerful and rich family of India we can say

  2. Is THEPRINT a news portal or congress mouthpiece?? In almost the states/reigon you mentioned there are political family dynasty from congress but you put the picture of just one congress dynasty which ( Scindias) is a split dynasty. Why are you trying so hard to show that being a dynasty is not congress speciality? Or maybe the pictures of congress leaders were not available on net????

  3. A top place for this news feature at 10:30 on 08/03/2019 in search results when you type ‘India’ on Google thanks to SEO or whatever else.
    Because there are virtually no other other issues that need such prominence isn’t it?
    Because the most covetous, subversive, sneaky, under-the-radar-kind-of-murderous national political dynasty ever could use more coverage and subtle campaigning by unfair comparisons to regional dynasties who just want to look after one region they feel they understand and keep it from being plundered from the national political dynasties.
    And this coverage comes at a time when elections aren’t too far .


    It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see which political overlords fill your pockets.
    And we’re supposed to believe you’re any different from a TOI or Economic times or NDTV.

  4. Your narrative started with BJP but only two out of the 34 mentioned by you, truly belong to the dynastic rule i.e. Scindia and Yeddyurappa that too are only in the politics and not running the parties….. Whereas are other dynastic parties running their parties as Private Limited Companies….. That difference you again failed to highlight….. Even the fourth estate has failed this great country in true sense….

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