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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 ‘first family’ of Telangana

Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao has weathered several political challenges to finally see his clan being acknowledged as the “first family” of India’s newest formed state.

Disillusioned with the TDP, KCR decided to float his own party — the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) — in 2001.

KCR’s son K.T. Rama Rao began his political career in 2009 in the Andhra Pradesh assembly polls, while his daughter K Kavitha is the Lok Sabha MP from Nizamabad.

The Karunanidhi legacy in Tamil Nadu

Latest news on the Karunanidhis of Tamil Nadu
Infographic by Arindam Mukherjee/ThePrint

The Muthuvel Karunanidhi family is a quintessential example of dynasty politics in Tamil Nadu. The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) patriarch, who died last year, has been five-time chief minister and leader of his party since 1968.

Karunanidhi has six children from three wives. M.K. Alagiri, his second son born from his second wife, has been a former union minister and was the DMK’s coordinator for south Tamil Nadu. He was expelled from the DMK for alleged anti-party activities in 2014.

Current DMK president M.K. Stalin has emerged as the political heir to his father, working his way up the ranks. Karunanidhi’s daughter Kanimozhi — from his third wife Rajathiammal — has been a member of the Rajya Sabha since 2007. His nephew Murasoli Maran, who died in 2003, and grandnephew Dayanaidhi Maran have also been senior leaders as well as former union ministers.

Political ambitions have trickled down to the third generation in the family with some of Karunanidhi’s grandchildren set to take the big political plunge soon.

With inputs from Manasi Phadke

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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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