When political ideology prevailed over family ties

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On Monday, the Samajwadi party received a shock as Aparna Yadav, young daughter-in-law of party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav, joined rival BJP.

Aparna and Prateek with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Image Courtesy: Aparna Yadav/Facebook

The Samajwadi party received a shock on Wednesday after Aparna Yadav, the younger daughter-in-law of party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav, joined rival BJP.

Joining the BJP in the presence of Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya and BJP State Chairman Swatantra Dev Singh, Aparna said, “I am very grateful to the BJP. The nation always comes first for me. I admire the work of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

This, as stated by party leader Akhilesh Yadav, Samajwadi party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav tried hard to convince his Aparna not to join the BJP. Akhilesh also expressed joy that the SP’s socialist ideology is expanding its reach.

“I hope our ideology will achieve this and work to save the constitution and democracy,” said party chairman Samajwadi.

Before Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Manipur, Goa and Uttarakhand head to the polls in February, let’s look at some instances where political ideology has trumped family ties.

– Punjab Chief Minister’s brother Charanjit Singh Channi recently announced his intention to fight the election as an independent candidate. According to India time, while Channi will campaign for the congressional candidate in Bassi Pathana, his brother Manohar Singh will also be running from the same seat.

— In the 2014 general election, the BJP ticketed Harish Meena to fight from Dausa in Rajasthan against his brother Namo Narain Meena, who served as Union Minister in the Congress government from 2009 to 2014. won the seat, Harish left the BJP in November 2018 to join the Congress. He is now a deputy for the constituency of Deoli-Uniara.

– While former Odisha Chief Minister Giridhar Gamang contested the 2014 general election on the Congress ticket, his wife quit the party and joined Biju Janta Dal (BJD) to fight against the elections in the Assembly from the seat of Laximpur.

–BJP’s Sangeeta Singh Deo, four-time Bolangir MP from Odisha, locked horns with her brother-in-law and BJD member Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo in April 2019.

— In the 2017 Himachal Pradesh Assembly election, Colonel Dhani Ram Shandil ran on a Solan Constituency Congress ticket against his son-in-law Rajesh Kashyap who was on a BJP ticket. Shandil won the election by a very slim margin of 671 votes.

— In the Kasumpti Assembly constituency of Himachal Pradesh in the 2017 elections, Vijay Jyoti Sen ran on a BJP ticket while her brother-in-law Prithvi Vikram Sen opposed her as a candidate independent. Neither of them won. Anirudh Singh of Congress won the election.

– Assembly elections in West Bengal last year separated a married couple. BJP MP Saumitra Khan from Bishnupur constituency filed for divorce when his wife Sujata Mondal Khan joined the Trinamool Congress. Sujata was then beaten by Madhusudan Bag of the BJP from Arambagh constituency.

– In the 2014 general election, incumbent Congresswoman Deepa Dasmunshi from Raiganj Lok Sabha seat in West Bengal challenged her brother-in-law Satyaranjan Dasmunshi. The Dasmunshis lost to CPI(M)’s Mohammed Salim.

– Alipurduar Lok Sabha headquarters in West Bengal saw a contest within a family in the 2014 general election as Dasrath Tirkey of the Trinamool Congress battled against incumbent Left Front MP Manohar Tirkey . The men are married to sisters.

– BJP’s Tathagata Roy and TMC’s Sougata Roy are brothers but belong to rival parties. In the 2014 general election, while Tathagata Roy fought and lost from the seat of South Kolkata, his brother Sougata defended and retained his seat from Dum Dum.

With contributions from agencies

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