Mumbai: The ‘son rise’ phenomenon has remained an abiding feature of Indian democracy, with a majority of politics parties having promoted dynasties.
Dynasty politics is inevitable and this assembly election is witnessing the next generation, as the grandson rises in Indian politics.
The State assembly election is scheduled on October, 21, where 288 MLAs have to be elected for the assembly seats.
This election has huge significance, as many new and young faces are being selected and trust being shown in them by political parties. Major parties like Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Peasants and Workers Party (PWP) have contested grandsons of their leaders in the election.
Grandson of Shiv Sena Chief late Balasaheb Thackeray and son of Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray is contesting from Worli Assembly seat. Aditya is the first person from the Thackeray family, who directly entered active politics by contesting the elections.
Before contesting the election, Aditya was the Yuva Sena (Shiv Sena’s youth wing) Chief for more than nine years.
Before the announcement of the assembly election, Aditya had a ‘Jan Ashirwad Yatra’ in the State to know the problems of the people. He was also projected as future chief minister of State by Shiv Sena leaders. Hence he has chosen the safe constituency of Worli in Mumbai, which is a bastion of the Shiv Sena.
Rohit Pawar represents the third generation of the Pawar family. He is the grandnephew of NCP supremo Sharad Pawar. He is contesting from Karjat Jamkhed assembly constituency in Ahmednagar, where he has been preparing for polls for the past couple of years. This constituency is drought-prone and infrastructural development is lacking. BJP’s strong man, minister Ram Shinde, is contesting against Rohit. Ram Shinde is said to be loyal to Munde family.
Karjat Jamkhed was the bastion of Congress, but the seat turned into a stronghold of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) with Sadashiv Lokhande winning three consecutive elections since 1995.
Aniket is the grandson of legendary MLA Ganpatrao Deshmukh, who was elected eleven times as MLA from Sangola constituency and represents Peasants and Workers Party (PWP). Ganpartrao Deshmukh decided to stop after winning eleven elections and the seat was allotted to Bhausaheb Roopnavar, but after pressure from Ganpatrao’s followers, the candidate has been changed and Aniket, grandson of Ganpatrao, was finalised from Sangola constituency.
If Aniket wins, the constituency will see the State’s youngest MLA after state’s oldest (92 years) elected representative.
Sandeep Kshirsagar is the grandson of Kesharbai Kshirsagar contesting from Beed. Kesharbai was known as Kesharkaku in Beed and she entered the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly in 1972 as Congress MLA from Chausala.
In 1980, she won the Beed seat and became a member of the 7th Lok Sabha. She was re-elected in 1984 and 1991 as an MP.
Beed Municipal Corporation is under control of Kshirsagar family for more than 30 years.
Recently, Jaydatta joined Shiv Sena and is contesting from Beed. Now, Sandeep Kshirsagar (NCP), son of Ravindra, is contesting aganist his uncle Jaydatt. This is a straight fight within the family. As the second generation and third generation stand against each other.
Sandeep started his career under the guidance of his uncle Jaydatt from NCP. Now it is interesting to see who will keep the legacy of Kesharkaku, his son or grandson.
Next-generation of former chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh is also trying their luck in politics. Dheeraj Deshmukh, son of Vilasrao, is contesting from Latur (Rural) as a Congress-NCP candidate.
Vilasrao’s elder son Amit is contesting from Latur district. He is the sitting MLA from Latur city, while Dhiraj Deshmukh will be testing his luck in the assembly arena for the first time.
Son of Vilasrao has a legacy, but he also has a responsibility to prove himself in politics after Vilasrao.