In the east
Former President, veteran Congress leader and former union minister Pranab Mukherjee passed on his Jangipur Lok Sabha seat to his son Abhijit, who is currently an MP from there. Mukherjee’s daughter Sharmishtha joined the Congress in 2014 and unsuccessfully contested the 2015 Delhi assembly election from the Greater Kailash constituency.
In neighbouring Odisha, BJD leader and Lok Sabha MP Tathagata Satpathy‘s parents have been politicians. While his mother Nandini served as the chief minister of the state, his father Devendra was a Lok Sabha MP. Sathpathy has announced that he will now quit electoral politics.
The northeast story
The Sangmas from Meghalaya are a dominant political family in the Northeast region.
Their foray into politics began with Purno Agitok Sangma, who is a former Meghalaya chief minister and a Lok Sabha Speaker. He split from the Congress and formed the NCP along with Sharad Pawar in 1999. In 2013, Sangma launched the National People’s Party.
His daughter Agatha is a former Lok Sabha MP and was an MoS in the UPA 2 government. His son Conrad is the current Meghalaya CM while his older son James is a senior minister in the state government with several key portfolios.
The Congress MP from Silchar in Assam, Sushmita Dev, is the daughter of veteran Congress leader from the state, Santosh Mohan Dev, and Bithika Dev, who was an MLA from Silchar.
Pradyot Deb Barman, who is part of the Tripura royal family, was recently appointed as the president of the state Congress. His father Kirit Bikram Deb Barman was an MP while mother Bibhu Kumari Debi has been an MLA, an MP and a minister in the state.
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