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Brothers up in arms

Sibling rivalry takes a whole new meaning when played out in the public arena. Here are a few examples.

india Updated: Oct 14, 2006 00:14 IST

Raj and Uddhav Thackeray: The first cousins of Mumbai’s first political family have fallen out over the Shiv Sena spoils. By plumbing for his son, Bal Thackeray has sidelined his favourite nephew, Raj who has considerable following among Shiv Sainiks and has stormed off to launch his own party, Maharashtra Navanirman Sena. Workers of the two parties clashed violently on Tuesday in Mumbai over the defacing of posters.

Mukesh and Anil Ambani: The feud between Dhirubhai Ambani’s two sons led to some very public blood-letting, followed by a split down the Reliance empire with both brothers dividing up the legacy and agreeing not to encroach on either other’s turf. Peace at last? Not a chance. The agreement is more in breach than in observance: Anil has the airport business and is litigating over Delh but Mukesh also plans to set up an airport in his Haryana SEZ.

Om Prakash Chautala and Ranjit Singh: The two sons of Devi Lal had a running feud for many years over who would inherit the tau’s legacy. Chautala who has superior political skills clearly out-manoeuvred his younger brother who has been forced to take refuge in the fringes of the Congress. Incidentally, another brother, Pratap Singh also once in a while takes occasional potshots at both, though he has never been on the center stage of Haryana politics.

Digvijai and Lakshman Singh: The former Madhya Pradesh chief minister continues to serve the Congress party as its general secretary while his younger brother moved over to the BJP looking for greener pastures on the other side of the political divide. However, the two are known to be close to each other despite their political differences.

Paramjit and Analjit Singh: The Ranbaxy family feud spilled out into the open earlier this year when Analjit Singh and Paramjit’s widow, Nimmi had an ugly public spat over property issues. A temporary truce has been reached, though the businesses remain separate with clearly marked boundaries.

First Published: Oct 14, 2006 00:14 IST