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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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Amarinder & Badal families of Punjab

Amarinder Singh & the Badals of Punjab
Amarinder Singh & the Badals of Punjab | Infographic by Arindam Mukherjee

In Punjab, the Badal family has dominated politics for decades with the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) founder and four-time chief minister, Parkash Singh Badal, leading the way.

His son Sukhbir Singh Badal is now the president of the party and had served as the deputy CM of the state between 2009 and 2017. Sukhbir has also been a Lok Sabha MP and was a union minister for a brief while in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led government that had a mere 13-month stint in 1998.

Sukhbir’s wife Harsimrat Kaur Badal is a Lok Sabha MP and a minister in the Modi government.

Harsimarat’s brother, the controversial Bikram Singh Majithia, is also a SAD politician and was a state cabinet minister when the Akalis were in power.

Parkash Singh Badal’s brother, Gurdas Singh Badal, though now estranged, has also been a parliamentarian. Gurdas’ son, Manpreet Singh Badal, once looked set for bigger things in SAD before relations soured between the families. He is now with the Congress.

Serving Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh also has other family members in politics. His wife Preenet Kaur is a three-time Lok Sabha MP and served in the Manmohan Singh cabinet in the UPA 2 government while son Raninder Singh is also with the Congress party.

Amarinder’s mother, Mohinder Kaur, was also a Congress leader and an MP.

Next – The Chautalas, Hoodas, Jindals & Bishnois of Haryana

Also read: Do young dynasts appeal to new gen voters or are they also practising outdated politics?

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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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