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BJP follows Congress in promoting politicos' offsprings

delhi Updated: Mar 08, 2009 17:59 IST
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The BJP which never loses an opportunity to accuse arch-rival Congress of perpetuating dynastic politics, too has fielded candidates who have been alloted tickets on the basis of their family legacy.

As many as three Lok Sabha candidates from the BJP are sons of former or serving chief ministers. The latest entrant is Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa's son B Y Raghvendra, who will undergo political baptism from Shimoga.

But BJP maintains it is not perpetuating dynastic politics. "The basic difference is that in the Congress it is the dynasty that controls the party. It is a one-family party but we are not. In a democratic set-up nobody will ban a person from political work just because he is related to somebody," BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar told PTI.

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal's son Anurag Thakur, who replaced his father as MP from Hamirpur in 2008, will contest to retain his seat.

Dushyant Singh, son of former Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, will contest for the second time from Jhalawar. He is a sitting MP from this constituency.

There are several others in the BJP list who are in the fray courtesy their political families.