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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 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.

Delhi’s Dikshits

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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  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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