Haryana polls: The political dynasties in the fray
Haryana polls: The political dynasties in the fraychandigarh Updated: Oct 14, 2014 22:31 IST
The clan of former deputy prime minister Devi Lal is one of the oldest political family in Haryana. Of the Devi Lal’s four sons and a daughter, Om Prakash Chautala has led the dynastic rule and had remained Haryana chief minister five times. Chautala, who is currently in jail along with his eldest son Ajay in the connection with the JBT teachers’ recruitment case, is MLA from Uchana Kalan. While Chautala’s son Ajay is MLA from Dabwali, his another son, Abhay is Ellenabad legislator. Since Ajay is in jail, the family, in a first, has fielded his wife Naina Singh from Dabwali. Ajay’s son Dushyant, who is an MP from Hisar is contesting on INLD ticket from his grandfather’s seat (Uchana Kalan), while Ajay’s younger son Digvijay, is national president of Indian National Students’ Organisation (INSO), student wing of the INLD. Devi Lal’s another son Ranjit Singh is Congress candidate from Rania and is contesting against Indian National Lok Dal’s candidate Ram Chand Kamboj.
Bansi Lal dynasty
The political heirs of former Congress railway minister and chief minister late Bansi Lal, who founded Haryana Vikas Party and later merged it with the Congress, are contesting the ensuing assembly poll from Bhiwani district. Widow of Lal’s son Surender Singh who died in chopper crash, Kiran Choudhry is incumbent MLA from Tosham, while her estranged brother-in-law Ranbir Mahendra is contesting from Badhra segment. Sombir Singh, son-in-law of Lal, is eyeing to wrest Loharu segment on Congress ticket, while Sumitra Devi, another daughter of Bansi Lal, has thrown her hat in the ring from Loharu as an Independent candidate. Shruti Choudhry, who lost Lok Sabha poll from Bhiwani-Mahendergarh constituency, has assisted her mother Kiran Choudhry in poll campaign in Tosham.
Bhajan Lal family
Though the tallest non-Jat leader of Haryana, Bhajan Lal, who ruled the state for over two decades, is no more, his two sons and political heirs Chander Mohan and Kuldeep Bishnoi, besides the latter’s wife Renuka Bishnoi are in the fray this time. Bhajan Lal parted ways with the Congress and founded the Haryana Janhit Congress after being denied the chief minister’s chair in 2007. Kuldeep lost his own Lok Sabha seat in the recent parliamentary polls, subsequent to which his wife also resigned as Adampur MLA. While Chander Mohan, a former deputy chief minister, is contesting from Nalwa, Kuldeep and Renuka are contesting from Adampur and Hansi, respectively.
Incumbent Congress chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s father and freedom fighter Chaudhary Ranbir Singh was a minister in the undivided Punjab before Haryana came into existence in 1966. Later, Bhupinder Singh, a block-level leader in the Congress, rose to prominence after defeating deputy prime minister and stalwart Jat leader late Devi Lal in the Lok Sabha poll. As of now, Hooda is representing Garhi Sampla Killoi assembly constituency and contesting poll from the same segment this time, while his son Deepender Singh Hooda was elected as MP from Rohtak Lok Sabha for the third consecutive time in the recent Lok Sabha election. Jat dominated districts of Rohtak, Jhajjar and Sonepat are considered to be Hooda’s stronghold.