NEW DELHI: All the political prowess they inherited seems to have been rendered ineffective as sons of famous politician fathers headed towards a debacle in the 17th Lok Sabha elections.
From former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi’s son and Congress president Rahul Gandhi losing out on the party’s political bastion in Amethi, to Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s son Vaibhav, who lost in Jodhpur, the current generation of political dynasts have clearly not lived up to their predecessors’ success.
Rahul Gandhi was left far behind by BJP’s Smriti Irani by over 40,000 votes. Vaibhav lost by a margin of over 2.7 lakh votes to BJP’s Gajendra Singh Shekhawat.
Also losing his stronghold over Madhya Pradesh’s Guna constituency is Congress’ Jyotiraditya Scindia, son of former Union minister Madhav Rao Scindia.
The Congress has been in power in the seat since 1999.
In Rajasthan’s Barmer, Manvendra Singh, son of Jaswant Singh, founding member of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), lost by over 3.2 lakh votes. (AGENCIES)