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Politics sans frontiers
The Bahugunas are not the only political family to have siblings in other parties. There are many other political dynasties in India. Most political families in India have realised that they have to ensure that they do not keep their eggs in one basket so that no matter what happens in the system known as democracy in India at least one member of the family stays in power even if the other is out of power.

For a contractor being without a contract is unemployment and for a politician being out of power is sheer frustration. Therefore for those families in India who are entrenched only in politics it is common for siblings to belong to different parties.

Take the case of the first woman prime minister of India Mrs Indira Gandhi, while her elder son Rajiv Gandhi was in the Congress Party her younger son's widow and daughter-in-law Maneka went on to join the Bharatiya Janata Party and is a sitting minister and member of parliament, so is her grandson Varun Gandhi.

The Royals are not to be left behind either. While one Scindia scion is a close ally and confidante of Congress mascot Rahul Gandhi, the other, his own aunt, is the Chief Minister of Rajasthan state and with the BJP.

The Congress party has seen several leaders leave the Congress fold and join parties like the Aam Aadmi Party. For example while Ragini Naik stayed back in the Congress Alka Lamba went on to join the Aam Aadmi Party and now lambasts the Congress in Amethi.

Similarly the list is legion and even the most trusted lieutenant of the Congress Matriarch Mrs Sonia Gandhi. the former home minister and former finance minister P Chidambaram had during the Narasimha Rao regime left the Congress and even become a minister in a non-Congress government.

Rajiv Ganhi's cousin on falling from grace departed from the Congress and joined the Jan Morcha. He even bore the family surname of Arun Nehru, which made it easy for everyone to identify him with Jawaharlal Nehru.

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