One is a graduate in business management, the other holds a Master’s degree in Law from Harvard Law School.
Both are set to stand for elections in Karnataka, pushed to the fore by their powerful fathers.
On Wednesday, Raghavendra (36), son of chief minister BS Yeddyurappa, was cleared by the state election committee as the BJP nominee from Karnataka’s Shimoga Lok Sabha seat, the family’s home district.
His was the only name proposed by the party for that constituency, so approval from the central committee is a mere formality, party sources said.
The elder of Yeddyurappa’s two sons, Raghavendra has dabbled in grassroots politics as a member of the municipal corporation of Shikaripura, the constituency represented by his father in the Legislative Assembly. He also manages an automobile showroom and farm lands in Shimoga.
Raghavendra confirmed the nomination. “My party wants me to contest and win and help LK Advani become the next prime minister,” he said.
Meanwhile, Prashant R Deshpande (32), son of Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president RV Deshpande and son-in-law of Union Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel, is one of two people picked by the state election committee for the Uttara Kannada parliamentary seat.
Prashant, a youth Congress leader in Uttara Kannada (he moved home after a stint at the New York offices of White & Case), says his social work over the last two years ought to see him through rather than his father’s clout. “It is the merit of hard work in this backward region that matters more than the fact that I am the son of Deshpande,” he told HT.