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Bihar’s Political Dynasties: 7 Win, 15 Lose

Chaitanya Mallapur,
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Of 22 political dynasties that contested the recently concluded Bihar assembly elections, seven families won and 15 lost.


The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had fielded eight candidates from these 22 families, the Lok Janshakti Party (6), the Janta Dal (United) (5), the Rashtriya Janata Dal (3), the Hindustan Awami Morcha (3), the Samajwadi Party (1) and one independent.


The first family of Bihar politics – Lalu Prasad, two sons and a daughter – recorded 100% victory in the seats it contested.


Tej Pratap Yadav, the elder son of the RJD chief Lalu Prasad, won from Mahua constituency by defeating the HAM’s Ravindra Rai by a margin of 28,155 votes.


Tejasvi Pratap Yadav, Lalu’s second son, won from Raghopur by defeating the BJP’s Satish Kumar Yadav by a margin of 22,733 votes.


Satish Kumar, earlier in the JD (U), had defeated Lalu’s wife Rabri Devi from the same constituency in 2010.


Name Relation Politician Party Constituency Won/Lost
Prince Raj nephew of Ram Vilas Paswan LJP Kalyanpur (SC) Lost
Pashupati Kumar Paras brother of LJP Alauli Lost
Anil Kumar son-in-law of LJP Bochaha Lost
Sarita Devi (Paswan) daughter-in-law of LJP Sonbarsha Lost
Tej Pratap Yadav son of Lalu Prasad Yadav RJD Mahua Won
Tejashwi Pratap Yadav son of RJD Raghopur Won
Ajoy Pratap (Singh) son of Narendra Singh BJP Jamui Lost
Sumit Kumar Singh son of IND Chakai Lost
Arjit Shashwat son of Ashwini Kumar Chaubey BJP Bhagalpur Lost
Vivek Thakur son of C.P. Thakur BJP Brahampur Lost
Ravi Paswan son of Chhedi Paswan Samajwadi Party Chenari Lost
Gulzar Devi wife of Devendra Yadav JD(U) Phulparas Won
Ajay Kumar (Kushwaha) son of Dinesh Kushwaha BJP Minapur Lost
Sanjeev Chaurasia son of Ganga Prasad BJP Digha Won
Nitish Mishra son of Jagannath Mishra BJP Jhanjharpur Lost
Rahul Kumar (Sharma) son of Jagdish Sharma HAM Ghosi Lost
Santosh Suman son of Jitan Ram Manjhi HAM Kutumba Lost
Vijay Praksah Yadav brother of JP Yadav RJD Jamui Won
Yusuf Salahauddin son of Mehboob Ali Qaiser LJP Simri Bakhtiarpur Lost
Shivesh (Ram) Kumar son of Munilal BJP Agiaon Lost
Razia Khatoon wife of Obaidullah Khan JD(U) Kalyanpur Lost
Maheshwar Hazari son of Ram Sewak Hazari JD(U) Kalyanpur (SC) Won
Poonam Devi Yadav wife of Ranvir Yadav JD(U) Khagaria Won
Rajesh/Rohit Kumar son of Shakuni Chowdhary HAM Khagaria Lost
Rana Randhir Singh son of Sitaram Singh BJP Madhuban Won
Ramesh Kumar Roy (Singh) brother in law Surajbhan Singh LJP Bibhutipur Lost
Rishi Mishra son of Vijay Kumar Mishra JD(U) Jale Lost

Source: Election Commission, news reports


Santosh Suman, son of former Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi and leader of HAM, lost to Rajesh Kumar of the Congress by a margin of 10,098 votes.


Maheshwar Hazari, son of former JD (U) MLA Ram Sevak Hazari, won against the LJP’s Prince Raj with a margin of over 47,000 votes.


Prince Raj is the son of Ram Chandra Paswan, brother of LJP president Ram Vilas Paswan who is also the union minister of consumer affairs, food and public distribution.


Pashupati Kumar Paras, brother of Ram Vilas Paswan, lost to the RJD’s Chadan Kumar by 24,470 votes in their bastion at Alauli.


Paswan’s son-in-law Anil Kumar lost to Beby Kumari, an independent candidate, in Bochaha by a margin of 60,337 votes.


Paswan’s daughter-in-law Sarita Devi lost to the JD(U)’s Ratnesh Sada by 53,763 votes in Sonbarsha.


Ravi Paswan, son of Cheddi Paswan (Member of Parliament and former MLA) lost to the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party’s Lalan Paswan from Chenari constituency.


Sanjeev Chaurasia, son of BJP leader Ganga Prasad, won from Digha against the JDU’s Rajiv Ranjan Prasad by a margin of 92,671 votes.


The BJP’s Rana Randhir Singh, son of Sitaram Singh (a former Member of Parliament), won by 61,504 votes against the RJD’s Shivji Rai from Madhuban.


Vivek Thakur, son of BJP vice president CP Thakur, lost to Shambhunath Yadav of the RJD by a margin of 30,776 votes from Brahampur.


The BJP’s Nitish Mishra, son of former Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra, lost to Gulab Yadav of the RJD by 834 votes at Jhanjharpur.


(Mallapur is a policy analyst with IndiaSpend.)




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  1. Mahesh Vijpaurkar Reply

    November 12, 2015 at 9:30 am

    It still does not mean Bihar has buried dynastic politics.

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