Lucknow, January 24
Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) list of candidates for Assembly polls seems to have ignored Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s apparent warning for senior leaders seeking tickets for their political heirs.
Third generation leaders entered the political fray in place of their fathers and grand fathers in Uttar Pradesh to test their luck. BJP competed with Samajwadi Party and BSP in getting heirs into politics.
As many as 50 applications filed seeking tickets for political successors in Uttar Pradesh alone. BJP, which criticizes Congress as family party, has confirmed tickets for the son of Central Home Minister and grandson of UP former Chief Minister.
Kalyan Singh was former Chief Minister of UP and now Rajasthan Governor. BJP ticket was confirmed to his grandson Sandeep Singh in the first list itself.
Central Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s son Pankaj Singh secured a ticket in the second list. Former UP Chief Minister HN Bahuguna’s daughter Rita Bahuguna Joshi also got Lucknow cantonment ticket in the second list. She left Congress and joined BJP recently.
BJP leaders said they are left with no other option except to give tickets to the family members of senior leaders. ‘Out of pressure, at least we have to give B form to some.’
But it is not new to BJP to give importance to successors. The sons of Chief Ministers of Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh are MPs. Anurag Thakur, who had been BCCI president till recently, is the son of a former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister.
There are two reasons for the BJP to give tickets to political heirs – one is strategic and another out of compulsion. It was said BJP has no chance of political successors at national level since Modi has no successors.