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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 Chautalas, Hoodas, Jindals & Bishnois of Haryana

Haryana is awash with political families but a bitter feud has seen the spotlight firmly fixed on one of the most prominent among them — the Chautalas.

The row has pitted Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) patriarch and former chief minister, Om Prakash Chautala, and his younger son Abhay Chautala, who is the Leader of Opposition in the Haryana Assembly, against his elder son Ajay Singh Chautala and Ajay’s sons Dushyant and Digvijay.

The party patron had last year expelled Ajay, Dushyant (the Lok Sabha MP from Hisar) and Digvijay from the party. Dushyant launched the Jannayak Janata Party, which allied with the Aam Aadmi Party for the high-stakes Jind assembly bypoll last month.

Ajay Chautala’s wife Naina, meanwhile, is an MLA from Dabwali in Haryana.

Om Prakash, however, is not a first-generation politician. His father Devi Lal was India’s deputy prime minister between 1989 and 1991 besides having served as Haryana chief minister. Ranjit Singh, Om Prakash’s estranged younger brother, has also been a member of the Haryana assembly.

The Hoodas of Haryana are yet another set of powerful politicians. Ranbir Singh Hooda, a Congress politician, was part of India’s freedom movement and a member of the constituent assembly. His son Bhupinder Singh Hooda — an influential Jat leader — has served as the state’s chief minister while grandson Deepender Hooda is a Congress MP.

Industrialist O.P. Jindal was a senior politician who served as a minister in the state while his wife Savitri Jindal has also been a minister. Their son Naveen Jindal is a former Lok Sabha MP from Kurukshetra.

Haryana’s ties with powerful families include that of former chief minister Bhajan Lal. His son, Kuldeep Bishnoi, is an MLA in the state and so is Kuldeep’s wife Renuka. In 2017, Bishnoi merged his party — the Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC) — with the Congress. The HJC was a breakaway faction of the Congress led by Bhajan Lal.

Next – The clans of Himachal, Delhi & Chhattisgarh

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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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