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Delhi elections spell gloom for dynastic politics

New Delhi:  In a vote against politics of dynasty, Delhi voters rejected three out of four sons of prominent politicians who contested from the BJP and the Congress tickets. The most shocking of all being the defeat of  Ajay Malhotra, the son of veteran BJP leader and chief ministerial candidate in the last assembly election V K Malhotra.

Arvind Kejriwal goes out to vote during the Delhi election. Shruti Dhapola/Firstpost

Arvind Kejriwal goes out to vote during the Delhi election. Shruti Dhapola/Firstpost

Despite being a BJP stronghold, the upmarket south Delhi constituency of Greater Kailash which voted for V K Malhotra in 2008 gave his son Ajay Malhotra the thumbs down. Even though Malhotra senior had won by a wide margin of 10,000, the family name failed to carry Ajay who was washed away by the AAP wave which saw their candidate Saurabh Bharadwaj win by a massive 13,000 votes.

The other two sons of veteran politicians who met the same fate were BJP leader O P Babbar’s son Rajiv who lost from Tilak Nagar and son of controversial Congress leader Sajjan Kumar Jagparvesh Kumar who was defeated in Sangam Vihar. Rajiv and Parvesh lost to AAP candidates Jarnail Singh and Dinesh Mohaniya, respectively.

Parvesh Sahib Singh was the only son of a politician to make it to the assembly. Son of former Delhi CM Sahib Singh Verma, Parvesh won the Mehrauli seat defeating the AAP candidate Narinder by a margin of 4500.