24 November, 2020

The Raja’s Gambit

There’s a BJP buzz around Sanjay Singh

Tribhuvan Tiwari
The Raja’s Gambit

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has of late been extra-attentive to his parliamentary constituency of Amethi. His sister Priyanka too made a round of the Gandhi pocketborough. Usually, she concentrates only on neighbouring Rae Bareli, their mother’s parliamentary constituency. What’s moving the family perhaps is the toughest political challenge Rahul has faced: Sanjay Singh, whom Rahul has since childhood known as ‘Uncle’, a close family friend, is set to oppose him in the 2014 elections as the BJP candidate.

Sanjay belongs to the erstwhile royal family of Amethi. Around the 1970s, his father, the late Raja Rananjay Singh, gradually established links to the Congress. He was instrumental in ushering in Indira Gandhi’s two sons, Sanjay and Rajiv Gandhi, into politics in a region once ruled by his family. Sanjay Gandhi made his formal electoral debut here in the parliamentary poll of 1980; after Sanjay Gandhi’s untimely death in a chopper crash in June that year, his elder brother Rajiv started representing Ame­thi. It was Sanjay...



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