JUST a few weeks before the first phase of voting in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly election, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday delivered a major blow to the Samajwadi Party by inducting Aparna Yadav, the daughter-in-law of SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav, into the party.
Aparna’s brother-in-law, Akhilesh Yadav is the current SP chief and a former Uttar Pradesh chief minister who is involved in a bitter political battle with the BJP. While Aparna told India Ahead that she will remain a Yadav family daughter-in-law, her move to join the BJP makes Mulayam’s family one more unit which has its members in different political outfits.
Here’s the list of people who decided to exit the parties their parents or relatives were part of and join the rivals.
The Scindias In Madhya Pradesh
BJP leader Jyotiraditya Scindia’s father, Madhavrao started his political career from Jan Sangh but later on he embraced the Congress and remained in the grand old party till his tragic demise in September 2001 in a plane crash. Madhavrao’s sister Vijayaraje Scindia was an important member of the BJP.
Jyotiraditya followed in his father’s footsteps, joined the Congress but ended up quitting the party to join the BJP in 2020 after accusing the party of having a ‘flawed leadership’. His aunts Vasundhara Raje Scindia and Yashodhara Raje Scindia are also associated with BJP.
Punjab’s Badal Clan
Manpreet Badal, the estranged nephew of former Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief Parkash Singh Badal joined Congress in 2016. Manpreet Badal had unsuccessfully contested the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections from Bathinda on a Congress ticket against his sister-in-law and Akali leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal.
His rift with the party and his uncle can be traced back to 2007 when Sukhbir Singh Badal, the current party president, was handed over the SAD leadership by his father Parkash Singh Badal, ignoring Manpreet Singh Badal.
Haryana’s Chautala Family
The Devi Lal clan is considered one of the biggest political families of Haryana. Devi Lal had four sons – Om Prakash, Ranjit Singh, Pratap Singh, and Jagdish Singh – and a daughter Shanti Devi. Om Prakash Chautala is a former chief minister of Haryana from Indian National Lok Dal. While Partap Singh was elected as MLA from Ellenabad on a Congress ticket in 1967, he contested two more assembly polls – in 1977 and 1982 – but lost both. Pratap Singh Chautala passed away on June 1, 2014, at the age of 74.
Meanwhile, Om Prakash Chautala’s great grandson Dushyant Singh Chautala, the Jannayak Janta Party co-founder, is serving as the Deputy CM in the Haryana government.
Another brother, Ranjit Singh Chautala is currently a Cabinet minister in Haryana government. He had also won elections as an independent candidate.
Maharashtra’s Pawar Family
Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar rebelled for a short time against the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) that saw him briefly joining hands with the BJP in 2019. His actions drew criticism from within the party as well as allies Shiv Sena and Congress. Pawar had held the position of the Deputy CM for a brief period with Devendra Fadnavis as the Chief Minister. He returned home in a few days.
Mauryas In UP
Swami Prasad Maurya, a minister in the Yogi Adityanath government, joined the Samajwadi Party on January 15, 2022. After serving his complete five-year term as minister, he accused the BJP of neglecting Dalits, OBCs and farmers and quit the party. His daughter Sanghamitra Maurya is still in the BJP and is a Lok Sabha MP from Badaun.
Sinhas From Jharkhand
Yashwant Sinha, who broke away with the BJP, is now an MP from Trinamool Congress while his son Jayant Sinha continues to be a BJP MP.
India’s most prominent political family – the Gandhis – too have members of the family in different parties. While Sonia Gandhi and her children Rahul and Priyanka continue to hold Congress’ reins, her sister-in-law Maneka and her son Varun are part of the BJP. Maneka has been a minister in four BJP-led governments, most recently in Narendra Modi’s government from May 2014 to May 2019.
Bihar’s Yadav Family
Former Bihar CM Lalu Prasad Yadav’s brother-in-law Sadhu Yadav used to be a RJD MLA but later after a rift, he took a different path and became an opponent of the Lalu family. Two days after leaving the RJD, in March 2009, Yadav joined the Congress. But he lost the Lok Sabha election from Champaran Lok Sabha constituency.
Moreover, Chandrika Rai, father-in-law of Lalu Prasad Yadav’s eldest son Tej Pratap Yadav and a long time RJD member, joined Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United) before the 2020 Bihar assembly elections.