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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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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

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Infographic by Arindam Mukherjee/ThePrint

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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  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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