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Scindias - a rare record

At least one member of the Scindia family, the erstwhile rulers of Gwalior state have contested the elections (parliamentary or assembly) held in Madhya Pradesh.

india Updated: Oct 16, 2003 19:54 IST

At least one member of the Scindia family, the erstwhile rulers of Gwalior state have contested the elections (parliamentary or assembly) held in Madhya Pradesh. For almost two and half decades between 1970 and 1998 the late Vijayaraje Scindia and late Madhavrao Scindia contested parliamentary elections from Madhya Pradesh on different party tickets.

The Scindias have also won on all occasions except in 1984 when late Vijayaraje Scindia (BJP) lost the Bhind parliamentary seat.

The Scindias - mother, son, daughter and grandson all have contested the elections under different parties but have never contested against one another. Scindias have contested from their strongholds in Guna, Gwalior, Bhind and Jhalawar in Rajasthan.

The popularity of Scindias could be judged by the fact that the late Rajmata Vijayaraje Scindia won seven parliamentary elections. She first won from Guna in 1957.

Her son late Madhavrao Scindia won the parliamentary elections nine times from Guna and Gwalior. In 1984 Madhavrao had defeated BJP's Atal Bihari Vajpayee by a huge margin.

Vijayaraje's daughter Vasundhara Raje contested and has won five parliamentary elections from Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. Her other daughter Yashodharaje contested the 1998 assembly elections from Shivpuri and won.

After Madhavrao's tragic death in a plane crash his son Jyotiraditya Scindia won the Guna by-elections by a margin of 4.5 lakh votes.

First Published: Oct 16, 2003 19:54 IST