It's time for 'son rise' in Bihar

Family business: Leaders lobbying hard for safe seats for relatives

Leading from the front is the BJP, which has, over the years, opposed Nehru-Gandhi’s dynasty policy tooth and nail. Bihar BJP unit president and former union health minister  C P Thakur’s son Vivek Thakur is vying for the prestigious Bankipore seat in Patna.

Of course, Vivek has told his “high command” that his claim on the seat is independent of the position his father holds. The only hitch is that Deputy Chief Minister and senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi, too, is eyeing the newly carved out Bankipore constituency.

No different is the case with the Janata Dal (U) where its national spokesperson and Rajya Sabha member Shivanand Tiwary has been charged with promoting his son.

Tiwary, however, rubbished such reports but admitted that his son Rahul had been lobbying on his own for an Assembly ticket from different parties. “But if Rahul contests as an RJD nominee, it will be quite embarrassing for me,” said Lalu’s friend-turned-foe.
Former chief minister Jagannath Mishra, now with the JD(U), is said to be lobbying for a Congress ticket for his elder son Sanjeev Mishra’s wife Shipra Mishra.

The former chief minister’s younger son Nitish Mishra, a JD(U) legislator  from Jhanjarpur in Madhubani district, will however be re-entering the poll fray as the party  candidate from the same constituency.

Bihar’s Food and Civil Supplies Minister Narendra Singh, whose son Abhay Singh (a JD(U) legislator) killed his wife and daughter before shooting himself last year, now wants his another son to enter the poll arena.

Similar is the desire of former Union information and broadcasting minister and veteran Congress leader K K Tiwary, who is keen to pass on the political legacy to his son.
At least two former presidents of the Bihar Congress—Ram Jatan Sinha and Sadanand Singh—are also believed to be seeking tickets for their respective sons—Amit Kumar and Shubhanand Mukesh.

* Bihar BJP president C P Thakur: Vivek Thakur (BJP)

* JD(U) spokesperson Shivanand Tiwary: Rahul Tiwary (any party)

* Ex-CM Jagannath Mishra: Nitish Mishra, JD(U) and elder son Sanjeev Mishra’s wife Shipra Mishra (Congress).

* Former Bihar Congress chief Ram Jatan Sinha: Amit Kumar (Congress).

* Ex-BPCC president Sadanand Singh: Shubhanand Mukesh (Congress).

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