MP assembly polls: Powerful leaders to push political aspirations of their children

DigvijayaCongress leader Digvijaya Singh.

It is perhaps one of the worst kept secrets of the Congress party in Madhya Pradesh. No one would officially acknowledge it yet but it would take an extraordinary set of circumstances, or obstacles, to stop AICC general secretary Digvijaya Singh's son Jaivardhan from contesting the next elections from the family pocketborough of Raghogarh.

Although there are sons of other politicians who are also willing to take the plunge, they may not be as lucky as the 27-year-old Jaivardhan, who had the seat virtually served to him on a platter in July this year when the incumbent Congress legislator announced that it was time for him to withdraw due to "failing health".

The secret was out two years ago when Jaivardhan, then pursuing an MBA degree from an American university, undertook a padayatra in Raghogarh to acquaint himself with the problems on ground. The constituency had been represented for 20 years by his father Digvijaya Singh and uncle Laxman Singh.

Other sons of state leaders who are eyeing tickets in the upcoming assembly elections will have to work much harder and cannot be so sure of their candidature. They can only be strong contenders. Among them is PCC president Kantilal Bhuria's son Vikrant Bhuria, who appears to be at the forefront for a ticket in the tribal-dominated Jhabua district. The 29-year-old medical surgeon has spent only a couple of years in politics but is considered ready for powerplay.

Union minister Kamal Nath's son Nakul, who has managed his father's campaigns in the past, is another name that is doing the rounds for being a possible claimant of a ticket in the assembly elections. A section of the party, however, feels that he may let it go this time and instead choose the general elections to make a splash.

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