The Himachal clan
Although he was defeated in the 2017 assembly elections, veteran Congress leader Virbhadra Singh is the state’s longest-serving chief minister. Singh’s wife Pratibha has been a Lok Sabha MP while his son Vikramaditya was elected to the state assembly for the first time in the 2017 polls.
Three-time Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit had led the Congress to consecutive assembly victories (in 1998, 2003 and in 2008) before facing an embarrassing defeat against the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in 2013, losing her own seat.
Dikshit’s father-in-law — Uma Shankar Dikshit — was part of the freedom movement and served as a union minister in the Indira Gandhi-led government in the early 1970s. He went on to serve as the governor of Karnataka and West Bengal. Her son Sandeep is a former Lok Sabha MP.
The Jogis and Sorens
In Chhattisgarh, the political clout of the Jogis may be declining, but their dynasty is anything but. Ajit Jogi, former Chhattisgarh chief minister, floated the Janta Congress Chhattisgarh after his son, Amit Jogi, and he were expelled from the Congress.
Ajit’s wife Renu Jogi is an MLA from the Kota assembly seat in Chhattisgarh. She quit the Congress in November last year to join her husband’s party after being denied a ticket. Meanwhile, Amit’s wife Richa also contested the year-end assembly polls in the state but lost.
The Sorens of Jharkhand have a tentacled political clan as well.
Shibu Soren, the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha head, has served as the state chief minister, a post that his son, Hemant Soren, has also held. Shibu’s other son, Durga, who died in 2009, was also an MLA. Durga’s wife Sita is a sitting MLA. His third son Basant is the president of the JMM youth wing.
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