25 September, 2020

Chhatrapati's Children

Shivaji's descendants define the contest in Satara, and none of them belong to the Shiv Sena

Chhatrapati's Children

It's a battle royale. And it's all in the family. Three royal personages-direct descendants of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj-and six commoners pitted against them, make the tussle for the Satara parliamentary and assembly constituency among the most unique in Maharashtra. Locked in a virtual eye-to-eye combat for the assembly constituency are an uncle and nephew pair: Abhaysinh Raje Bhosale, 55, “Bhausaheb Maharaj”to the people in his constituency, and Shrimant Chhatrapati Udayan Raje Bhosale, 32, thirteenth in the line of succession to the Maratha throne.

Both are soft-spoken and articulate, indeed, so similar are they in temperament and attitude that there's little for the electorate to distinguish between them-except perhaps the youth of one and the maturity of the other. While the uncle is contesting on the Nationalist Congress Party (ncp) ticket, the nephew has been fielded by the bjp. But the usp of both contestants is the Shivaji legacy. Also in the fray but not directly pitted against them is Sarlashkar Bahadur Dadaraje...



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