SCINDIAS

Published on Apr 28, 2004 02:02 PM IST

The royals of Gwalior have turned republicans, but remain a divided lot politically.

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One of India's best known royal families, the Scindias of Gwalior have held considerable influence on Madhya Pradesh's politics, and to some extent over national politics as well. But they are also a house divided.

The late Vijayraje Scindia began her political career with the Congress, but moved to Jana Sangh (later BJP) after falling off with Indira Gandhi. Her two daughters have followed her example, and contest on BJP tickets.

But her son, the late Madhavrao Scindia, remained loyal to the Congress all through, a lead his son Jyotiraditya is also following.

Vijayaraje Scindia
Entry into politics: 1960
Top Post: Member of Parliament
Best known for: Being "Rajmata" of the princely state of Gwalior
Party: Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party
Constituency: Guna parliamentary constituency, Madhya Pradesh

Madhavrao Scindia (son)
Entry into politics: 1971
Top Post: Union Cabinet Minister
Best known for: Being "Prince" of Gwalior and potential prime minister
Party: Congress
Constituency: Gwalior parliamentary constituency, Madhya Pradesh

Vasundhara Raje Scindia (daughter)
Entry into politics: 1984
Top Post: Chief Minister of Rajasthan
Best known for: Being Vijayraje Scindia's daughter
Party: Bharatiya Janata Party
Constituency: Dholpur assembly constituency
In this election: Campaigning for BJP

Yashodhara Raje Scindia (daughter)
Entry into politics: 1989
Top Post: Member of Legislative Assembly, Madhya Pradesh
Best known for: Being Vijayraje Scindia's daughter
Party: Bharatiya Janata Party
In this election: Campaigning for BJP

Jyotiraditya Scindia (Madhavrao Scindia's son)
Entry into politics : 1999
Top Post: Member of Parliament
Best known for: Being Madhavrao Scindia's heir
Party: Congress
Constituency: Guna parliamentary constituency
In this election: Contesting

Dushyant Singh (Vasundhara Raje's son)
Entry into politics: 2004
Party: Bharatiya Janata Party
Constituency: Jhalawar
In this election: Contesting

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