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Families dominate Karnataka polls

india Updated: May 06, 2008 14:21 IST

Families are all set to play a role in the Karnataka polls this month as children of former chief ministers, siblings and relatives of senior political leaders battle it out in different constituencies.

It is going to be a case of 'dynasty watch' in several constituencies, as fathers pass on the baton to their sons/daughters and others to their in-laws, while some push their luck hard to secure a ticket, not only for the second generation, but also the third generation.

The battle at the hustings promises to be interesting on another count, with over 20 candidates joining the fray with their siblings or fighting against each other. Some are fighting on different tickets and from parties that were at loggerheads with each other.

The polls will also see political greenhorn wards of senior leaders taking on the titans in the field.

Former Janata Dal Chief Minister J H Patel's son Mahima Patel is contesting from his own party the 'Suvarna Yuga' from the family bastion of Channagiri. Mahima, a prominent JDS figure till recently, had quit the party after the JDS failed to fullfil the promise made to the BJP. His sibling Paani Patel is also in the fray and will be contesting from the BSP.

Former Janata Dal Chief Minister S R Bommai's son Basavaraj Bommai will be contesting on a BJP ticket from Shiggaon constituency. Basavaraj, a former JDU heavyweight, joined the BJP, much to the chargin of the JDU.