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'When You Win, You Create a Dynasty': After Congress, Bloodline Virus Takes a Toll on Maharashtra Politics

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With the entry of young Sujay Vikhe Patil, the third generation politician from the influential Vikhe Patil family, into the BJP, the issue of dynasty has again come to the fore in Maharashtra in the run-up to the Lok Sabha polls.

Parth Pawar, grand nephew of Maratha strongman, has been named the NCP candidate from Maval in Pune district, the home turf of the Pawar clan, has also bolstered the Dynasty card.

Pawar is not alone. Fact of the matter is that everybody who is anybody in politics is attempting to create a dynasty from the local level to the top.

‘Let values and principles go to the dogs. Family should take precedence.’ This is the political reality of present day Maharashtra which once boasted the ideals of Mahatma Phule, Shahu Maharaj and Dr B R Ambedkar.

Like several other states, the dynasty card is in currency in almost all political parties in the premier state, barring the Left parties which have so far not been affected by the virus and thus influencing virtually every election. The card is now in full play in the run up to the Lok Sabha elections and at a time when Assembly polls are not far away.

The BJP, which proudly proclaims its antipathy to the ‘dynasty culture’ of Congress and insists that it has made a 'chaiwala' as the Prime Minister, is also not immune from the disease notwithstanding its claims of being a "party with a difference".

In fact, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who has emerged as a leader in his own right in the last five years, is a product of dynasty. His father........

© News18