By: Ravinder Vasudeva
Shimla: Dynasty politics is nothing new to India democracy, and therefore every son-rise is keenly watched, monitored and judged by media first and then the general public, as if deriving their daily dose of sitcom. So be it a Rahul Gandhi, an Anurag Thakur, a Neeraj Bharti, or a Vikramaditya, they all have to face at least one challenge – public scrutiny. So when five-time chief minister Virbhadra Singh’s 18-year-old son Vikramaditya is seen mingling with people in his father’s constituency for the first time, the rumour mill is bound to churn out something.
Undoubtedly the most successful politician in the state, Virbhadra Singh has governed the state for long enough, but there has been no second-in-command to him. His wife Prathiba Singh’s entry into politics seems to have been a stopgap arrangement before the son comes of age. Though still too young to get into his shoes, Vikramaditya finally appears to be ready to face the public.
Contributing in the election battle of his father, who is fighting from the Mandi parliamentary constituency, Vikrmaditya, a BA IInd year student of Delhi University, has not only started interacting with people in Rampur Busehar assembly constituency, but has also started addressing nukkad sabhas in favour of his father. According to reports, he is getting thumping response in the area and is interacting with people, talking about the successive Congress government’s achievements and his dad’s contribution to the development of the area.
With these developments, the gossips about Vikrmaditya’s entry into the politics and taking control over his father’s political legacy have started making rounds in political circles. “Like the whole country, the trend of sons taking over their father’s political legacy is not new to Himachal as well. In this hilly state too, one can find political bigwigs struggling to settle down their sons in politics. Ad therefore Vikrmaditya’s entry into politics is sure and it would be interesting to see at what time Virbhadra decides this as the son has only turned eighteen few months ago,” said political analyst Parkash Chand Lohumi.
Vikramaditya, who is also a national level shooter, has also decided to campaign for his father in another parts of the Mandi Lok Sabha constituency.