Power of family name weakens in Indian politics

Many dynasts saw defeat in recent polls, though some from BJP emerged winners

Dr Krishna Pal Yadav (right) of the Bharatiya Janata Party and Mr Jyotiraditya Scindia (in front passenger seat) of the Congress Party in a photo taken years ago by Dr Yadav when he was a Congress worker. PHOTO: @NIKHILANAND2007/TWITTER Senior Congre
Senior Congress party leader Sonia Gandhi, with her son Rahul Gandhi and daughter Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, paying tribute to her late husband, former Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, at his memorial in New Delhi last Tuesday. Mr Rahul Gandhi was defeated in the family borough of Amethi in the general election, ousted by the BJP's Ms Smriti Irani, a federal minister and former actress.PHOTO: EPA-EFE
Dr Krishna Pal Yadav (right) of the Bharatiya Janata Party and Mr Jyotiraditya Scindia (in front passenger seat) of the Congress Party in a photo taken years ago by Dr Yadav when he was a Congress worker. PHOTO: @NIKHILANAND2007/TWITTER Senior Congre
Dr Krishna Pal Yadav (right) of the Bharatiya Janata Party and Mr Jyotiraditya Scindia (in front passenger seat) of the Congress Party in a photo taken years ago by Dr Yadav when he was a Congress worker.PHOTO: @NIKHILANAND2007/TWITTER

One of the many viral tweets that captured the ebullient mood among Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters when results of this year's Indian parliamentary election were announced was a selfie from around 2015 from a Congress party worker in Madhya Pradesh.

Dr Krishna Pal Yadav photographed himself with Mr Jyotiraditya Scindia, a Congress leader from one of India's most prominent political and erstwhile royal families.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 27, 2019, with the headline 'Power of family name weakens in Indian politics'. Print Edition | Subscribe