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NEW DELHI: As the Uttar Pradesh election comes closer, the first family of the Samajwadi Party received a setback on Wednesday when one of its prominent members, Aparna Yadav, younger daughter-in-law of patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav, joined the rival BJP.
Strongly opposed to dynasty politics in principle, top BJP leaders of the state were all too happy to bring Aparna Yadav in the party fold especially after the bitter experience with Swami Prasad Maurya and two other ministers in the Yogi Adityanath government who quit to join SP only days earlier.
SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, who seemed to have brought his house in order after a patch up with formerly estranged uncle Shivpal Yadav, again faces a challenge at the home front. However, on this front, he has ample company in other top politicians as Indian politics is more often than not, a family affair.
Channi’s brother
Punjab chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi finds himself well placed to understand Akhilesh Yadav’s predicament as his own brother has declared intent to contest the election as an independent. While Channi will campaign for the Congress candidate in Bassi Pathana, his bother Manohar Singh will be contesting there as an independent. Interestingly, Channi himself won his first assembly election as an independent.
However, Channi’s brother is not the only family member he would be concerned about. The enforcement directorate reportedly raided a relative of Channi on Tuesday. The Congress dubbed the action as politically motivated.
Utpal Parrikar
Former Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar was an exalted name among BJP leaders. However, the claims of his son Utpal Parrikar to contest from his father’s traditional Panaji assembly seat appear not to have found much favour. Utpal Parrikar, however, has discovered that he has strong support among other parties. Those keen to welcome and support him include AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal and the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena.
Harak Singh Rawat
If some newsreports are to be believed, one of the reasons behind the bitter separation between the BJP and its Uttarakhand government minister Harak Singh Rawat could be the latter’s demand for a ticket for one of his relatives.
“Rawat, who represents the Kotdwar seat in the state assembly, is said to have been seeking a ticket for his daughter-in-law from the Lansdowne constituency and a change of seat for himself,” said a PTI report.
There could be other reasons as well. Rawat was in the news recently when he threatened to resign from the state cabinet insisting on his demand for a medical college in Haridwar.
Rawat is now keen to join Congress, which he deserted earlier. He is reportedly willing to apologise multiple times to “elder brother” Harish Rawat to ensure that he can work for development of the state.
Rita Bahuguna Joshi‘s son
Senior BJP leader Rita Bahuguna Joshi feels that it is time for the younger generation to come forward. According to reports, Joshi’s son Mayank is trying hard for a BJP ticket to contest the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections.
According to a newsagency report, Joshi on Tuesday said if her son is seeking party’s ticket to fight elections, it was his right to do so but maintained that she is not lobbying for his candidature.
However, the fact that she has also offered to step down as MP if that came in the way of her son’s electoral ambitions in the BJP, shows that she is keen that her son gets a ticket.
Joshi, who is a Lok Sabha member from Allahabad, was in Delhi where she met Bharatiya Janata Party’s Uttar Pradesh in-charge Dharmendra Pradhan. She described it as a “courtesy call” and one to discuss party issues.
Speculation is rife that Mayank wants to contest from Lucknow Cantt, the seat his mother had won in the 2017 state polls but vacated in 2019 after she was elected to the Lok Sabha from Allahabad, PTI reported.
Among other leaders, there has been reports that Swami Prasad Maurya also sought ticket for a relative from the BJP. However, the senior UP leader, who has moved from BSP to BJP and now SP, has strongly refuted any such speculation.
The states of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur are set to go to polls next month.

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