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Leaders field kith and kin in Chhattisgarh

Be it Cong or BJP - senior leaders in the maiden Chhattisgarh Assembly polls are not behind in promoting their sons.

india Updated: Nov 27, 2003 19:01 IST

Political ideology does not matter in Chhattisgarh. Be it the Congress or BJP -- the main rivals in the maiden elections to Chhattisgarh Assembly - the senior leaders are not behind in promoting their sons.

Congress leader Shyamacharan Shukla's son, Amitesh is testing electoral waters from Rajim on Congress ticket while AICC treasurer Motilal Vora's son Arun Vora is also contesting the December 1 elections from Durg constituency as a Congress nominee.

Former chief of undivided Madhya Pradesh Congress Party Parasram Bharadwaj's son, Ravi is in the fray from Sarangarh assembly constituency on Congress ticket.

But it is not just only Congress leaders who are ahead in backing the political career of their sons. The state BJP leadership is also not behind.

BJP MP Tarachand Sahu's son, Dipak is contesting as the nominee of the saffron party from Sajha. In this constituency, Congress nominee is Ravindra Choube, whose mother had held the seat previously.

Another BJP Parliamentarian Baliram Kashyap's son Kedar is the party's candidate from Bhanpuri assembly constituency.

Not only political careers of sons are being looked after, daughter of Vasudev Chandrakar, a senior state Congress leader, Pratima is also in the fray from Khertha assembly constituency as Congress nominee.

Meanwhile, other kins also find their name in the electoral battle.

BJP state unit chief Raman Singh's brother-in-law, Siddartha Singh is contesting on the party ticket from Khairagarh. Here too, Congress has fielded Devrath Singh, son of former party MLA.

And if they are not contesting elections they seem to be holding reins from behind the scenes.

Like in the case of Amit Jogi, the son of the Chief Minister Ajit Jogi, who is managing the electioneering for his father at Marvahi assembly constituency. Jogi has already declared that he would not be canvassing in his assembly constituency.

First Published: Nov 27, 2003 10:45 IST