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'Family' matters in Congress

Rahul Gandhi may have said he does not like it, but 'family' is the real thing in politics, especially of the Congress variety. A quick glance at the overwhelming number of the newly elected young members of Parliament showed that families do count.

india Updated: May 24, 2009 14:28 IST

Rahul Gandhi may have said he does not like it, but 'family' is the real thing in politics, especially of the Congress variety.

A quick glance at the overwhelming number of the newly elected young members of Parliament showed that families do count.

Most of the three dozen odd young and fresh faces of the Congress in the Lok Sabha have a family background of politics which has helped them catapult to the national stage without much effort.

Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi had recently described politics as a closed system in which one could get entry only through "dynasty and patronage".

The understanding of Gandhi of the Indian political system has come true in the Lok Sabha elections, particularly for the young MPs.

In his meetings of the youth Congress and the NSUI, Gandhi had insisted that he wanted to change the "closed system" of politics and open it to the talented youngsters and even went ahead with internal elections for the IYC in Punjab and NSUI in Uttarakhand.

But it seems the idea of Gandhi will take time to find roots even in his own party.

The youngest MP of the Lok Sabha, Muhammed Hamdulla Sayeed, 26, is the son of Congress veteran and former Union Minister P M Sayeed.