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
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