In the heartland
Heartland states such as Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh have their own, entrenched sets of political dynasties.
The deputy chief minister of Rajasthan, Sachin Pilot, is the son of the late Rajesh Pilot — a senior Congress leader, a union minister, a Lok Sabha MP and a powerful Gurjar leader. Sachin’s mother, Rama Pilot, has been an MLA from Hindoli and an MP from Dausa.
The Scindias, originally of Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh, have a political lineage that not only cuts across the party divide but also state lines.
Matriarch Vijaya Raje Scindia was a prominent Jana Sangh and BJP leader. Her daughters Yashodhara and Vasundhara Raje have followed in her footsteps to emerge as key BJP leaders. Vasundhara Raje has been a two-time Rajasthan chief minister while her son Dushyant is a BJP MP.
Vijaya Raje’s son, Madhavrao, and grandson Jyotiraditya have tread a different path. The father and son have been senior Congress leaders as well as cabinet ministers in the central government. Madhavrao Scindia died in a plane crash in 2001.