With assembly elections scheduled later this year, the political firmament is heating up with politicians' sons throwing in their hats in the ring. Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee president Kantilal Bhuria's son Vikrant, 29, is now all set to join politics.
Dr Vikrant Bhuria, who did MBBS and MS from the governmentrun MGM Medical College in Indore, completed his mandatory one-year rural service four months back.
Under the one-year bond period, every government medical college student has to work in rural areas after doing her/ his MBBS. Vikrant served the rural bond in his native Jhabua where he has set up a nursing home named Vardaan.
In the last few weeks, he was seen accompanying his father at political functions in Jhabua district. He also addressed the meeting of Congress party workers. "I will contest elections if people (of Jhabua) want me to and if the party gives me ticket," Vikrant told HT. At present he does not hold any post in the party, but is a member of the Youth Congress.
His decision to join politics has come at a time when rumours are rife that Kantilal Bhuria may be removed as MPCC president. A section of Congress politicians including MLAs from Indore have told the party high- command in New Delhi that it would be difficult to perform well in the assembly elections with Bhuria as the head. In case the young doctor joins active politics, he will be following the footsteps of Jaivardhan Singh, son of AICC general secretary and ex- chief minister Digvijay Singh. In the last three years, Jaivardhan Singh, a member of Youth Congress, has been touring with his father extensively in his native Raghogarh and has been addressing rallies and party workers’ meetings.
Incidentally, it was Digvijay Singh who threw his weight behind Bhuria to make him MP Congress Committee president and had been standing by him though the party lost two assembly byelections, co-operatives polls in the last one year.
“Vikrant’s entry in politics is natural. Children of most politicians are in politics. Elevation of Rahul Gandhi as vice-president in the AICC has legitimised the trend further,” a Congress party office-bearer said, not wanting to be named.