Election 2014: Family members against one another


New Delhi, March 27 (IANS)Political ambitions seem to have torn families apart in the coming Lok Sabha elections with siblings, in-laws, uncles and aunts all in the fray against one another. Interestingly, a majority of those contesting are from well-known political families.

A look at some contests among family members in the offing:

Sasaram (Bihar): Congress nominee and Speaker Meira Kumar will face her niece Medhavi Kirti in the family pocket borough of Sasaram in Bihar. Medhavi Kirti, who will fight on the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) ticket is the daughter of late Suresh Ram, the brother of Meira Kumar. The BSP believes the influence it has in this constituency, which adjoins Uttar Pradesh, will be enough to spoil the chances of the Lok Sabha speaker. Medhavi Kirti, who joined politics soon after post-graduating from New Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University, was a minister in the Devi Lal government in Haryana. Relations have not been cordial between Medhavi and her aunt for many years now, reportedly after a dispute over land at Palwal in Faridabad. Poll: April 10.

Saran (Bihar): Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad's brother-in-law Anirudh Prasad alias Sadhu Yadav would contest the Lok Sabha election as an independent against his sister Rabri Devi. The former Bihar chief minister is already facing stiff challenge from senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy on the seat. Sadhu Yadav, the controversial brother-in-law of Lalu Prasad, called the shots during RJD rule in the state for 15 years from 1990 to 2005. Poll: May 7.



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