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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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Karnataka’s bigwigs

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Infographic by Arindam Mukherjee/ThePrint

The Deve Gowda family is often referred to as Karnataka’s Appa-Makkala Paksha (father-sons’ party). Former prime minister and Janata Dal (Secular) chief H.D. Deve Gowda and his sons have been one of the most influential political families in the state.

An MP from Hassan, Deve Gowda has always maintained the “humble farmer” image, one that has also been carried forward by his sons — current Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy and PWD minister H.D. Revanna.

In the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections, both Revanna and Kumaraswamy’s sons — Prajwal and Nikhil — are expected to get tickets. Meanwhile, Kumaraswamy’s wife Anitha represents the Ramnagaram assembly constituency and Revanna’s wife Bhavani debuted in 2016 by winning the Hassan Zilla Panchayat elections.

Former chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa continues to be the BJP’s only mass leader in the state. His sons — B.Y. Raghavendra and B.Y. Vijayendra — are active in politics. While the former is an MP from Shivamogga, the latter is the BJP State Yuva Morcha general secretary and is tipped to fight the Lok Sabha polls from the Varuna constituency.

Next – The NTR & YSR families of Andhra

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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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