Hitesh Chavda, Ahmedabad: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that has accused the opposition Congress party of dynastic politics is facing a domestic dispute of its own, one involving the family of its Panchmahal lawmaker, Prabhatsinh Chauhan.
The member of Parliament (MP) had sought a ticket for his wife to contest the state polls from the Kalol assembly constituency, threatening to resign if his demand was not met. The BJP, however, chose to field his daughter-in-law, drawing out the divisions in his family.
“There are some issues over which Prabhatsinh Chauhan and his son (Pravin Chauhan) live separately. Prabhatsinh’s wife used to be a member of the district panchayat, while his daughter-in-law Sumanben was president of the taluka panchayat,” said M.M. Nayak, sarpanch of Mehlol village, where Chauhan is from originally.
Chauhan’s political career began when he was made sarpanch of Mehlol in 1975. After being elected to the state assembly five times, he won the Panchmahals seat in the Lok Sabha elections in 2009 and again in 2014.
Kalol, in Gandhinagar district, is one of 93 constituencies that will vote in the second phase of the Gujarat assembly elections on 14 December. The first round of voting for 89 seats will take place on 9 December.