Bengaluru: When it comes to dynastic politics Congress party is in the forefront being the grand old party. While it continues to take the blame for the fourth generation of Nehru family (from Jawaharlal Nehru to Rahul Gandhi) holding the reins, it has been the norm in other parties too.
The dynastic politics or ‘son rise’ is in the news again with Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa’s younger son B Y Vijayendra gradually being elevated in BJP Karnataka unit. Elder son B Y Raghavendra is a MP from Shivamogga constituency.
Vijayendra is one among the 10 new Vice-presidents nominated to the state unit by its President Nalin Kumar Kateel.
Vijayendra who was lying low till a few years ago in active politics, came into the lead when he was denied ticket at the last minute during Assembly elections held in 2018.
In the run up to the elections Vijayendra’s name was doing rounds as a BJP candidate from Varuna constituency. Anticipating ticket Vijayendra had already hit the campaign trail and the response was also encouraging, for not just being Yediyurappa’s progeny, but as an affable youth leader.
However a rude shock came hours before filing the nominations on the last day, when Yediyurappa himself had to announce in Nanjangud that “Vijayendra will not contest the election”.
It angered Vijayendra fans and followers who dared to question Yediyurappa. It also triggered a flash protest, drawing all the focus towards Yediyurappa and his son.
Overnight Vijayendra had turned into a leader, an indication that he was not just another ‘son to be the leader’, but has his own mettle to prove his strength in the party especially in Mysuru and surrounding districts.
To compensate, he was made Yuva Morcha general secretary and in the recent by- elections to Assembly from K R Pet, Vijayendra was made incharge of campaign. The result- for the first time in the history of elections, saffron party had won the election in Janata Dal (secular) stronghold, further cementing the position of Vijayendra in the party.
While the debate on dynastic politics is in top again, it is to be seen how far it will benefit father and son duo and also the party in the long run.
– Team Mysoorunews