Updated on Apr 30, 2004 01:44 PM IST

Though they have parted ways recently, Shukla brothers remain a force in MP.

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In Madhya Pradesh politics, The Shukla brothers -- Shyama Charan and Vidya Charan -- have been a force to reckon with for decades now. The family got into politics a generation ago, with father Pandit Ravi Shankar Shukla becoming the first chief minister of Madhya Pradesh.


A law graduate with a stint in journalism, Shyama Charan went on to become the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh thrice. He holds the distinction of being elected to the state Assembly from Rajim for six terms.

A Congress loyalist, he is contesting the 2004 Lok Sabha election, against Union minister Ramesh Bais of BJP from Raipur.

Vidya Charan, on the contrary is known for changing his camps with the fall of a hat. A Cong loyalist, he recently joined the BJP and is contesting against former Congress chief minister Ajit Jogi from Mahasamund. A former union minister, VC Shukla has won eight of the nine general elections from Raipur and Mahasamund since 1957.

Although Shukla borthers have not been able to hold any prominent political office after the bifurcation of Chhattisgarh from Madhya Pradesh, they are still a force in the state.



Pt. Ravi Shankar Shukla

Entry into politics:1950
Top Post: Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh
Best known for: Being a freedom fighter and first Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh
Party: Congress
Constituency: Raipur parliamentary constituency, Madhya Pradesh

Shyama Charan Shukla (son)
Entry into politics: 1957
Top Post: Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh
Best known for: An ardent flier, he holds a private pilots license.
Party: Congress
Constituency: Rajim constituency, Raipur

Vidya Charan Shukla (son)
Entry into politics: 1957
Top Post: Union Information and Broadcasting Minister
Best known for:Untrustworthy as a political ally
 Congress, BJP
Constituency: Mahasamund

Amitesh Shukla (Grandson)
Entry into politics: 1998
Top Post: Minister for Panchayat and Social Welfare in Ajit Jogi’s cabinet
Best known for:His potential and family connection
Party: Congress
Constituency: Rajim constituency

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