The school which has the most MPs in India

It used to be said that alumni of Eton and Winchester dominated the higher reaches of politics, the armed forces, the civil services and even the clergy in Britain. That has been well documented. The combination of Eton/Winchester and Oxbridge was supposed to be unbeatable till at least the 1950s. Later the prominent grammar schools and LSE were grudgingly added.

Not many prominent Old Etonians in Indian politics, though there is the late King Birendra of Nepal. There is also Gaj Singh, the nominal ruler of Jodhpur who has served a term in the Rajya Sabha besides diplomatic posts.

Not Old Wykehamists either, though there were several British civil servants who were prominent in India. Also M.A.K. Pataudi and Saif Ali Khan.

Harrow is a little below the two schools above. But it does have a number of politicians, such as Shashi Tharoor’s bete noire Winston Churchill. And of course, the present PM’s favorite scapegoat Jawaharlal Nehru.

In the US, the school where one studied is not so relevant but the university is. Here, the magic names are Harvard and Yale:

https://www.bestcolleges.com/features/most-us-presidents/

However, there is one school in India which appears to have the most representation in Parliament even in 2019. The information given below is taken from the official websites. Identify the dynasts if you wish.

http://loksabhaph.nic.in/Members/AlphabeticalList.aspx

https://rajyasabha.nic.in/rsnew/member_site/memberlist.aspx

LOK SABHA MEMBERS AS ON APRIL 15 2019:

(Old boys listed in the school’s official publications):

Most of them are expected to be contesting the 2019 elections.

Rahul Gandhi (INC, Amethi, UP)

Raghav Lakhanpal (BJP, Saharanpur, UP)

Kamal Nath (INC, Chhindwara, MP). Recently became Chief Minister of MP.

Jyotiraditya Scindia (INC, Guna, MP)

Dushyant Singh (BJP, Jhalawar-Baran, RJ)

K. Bharatendra Singh (BJP, Bijnor, UP)

Kalikesh N. Singh Deo (BJD, Bolangir, OR)

Footnote: Kamal Nath is Raghav Lakhanpal’s father’s sister’s husband (Phuphaji).

Many OB politicians in Punjab are related, including members of the prominent Badal, Brar and Kairon families.

RAJYA SABHA MEMBERS AS ON APRIL 15 2019:

(None)

Now it gets more interesting. We now look at those who are close relatives (i.e. parents, spouses, siblings or children of Old Boys).

Back to the LOK SABHA MEMBERS AS ON APRIL 15 2019:

Maneka Gandhi (BJP, Pilibhit, UP). She studied at Sanawar.

Sonia Gandhi (INC, Rae Bareli, UP)

Varun Gandhi (BJP, Sultanpur, UP)

Jagdambika Pal (BJP, Domariyaganj, UP)

Prem Das Rai (SDP, Sikkim). The SDP is part of NDA. He studied at Wynberg Allen. Is supposed to be the only MP who has graduated from an IIT and an IIM.

Moon Moon Sen (Mrs Dev Varma) (TMC, Bankura, WB)

And those who are RAJYA SABHA MEMBERS AS ON APRIL 15 2019:

Ahmed Patel (INC, GJ)

PL Punia (INC, UP)

RK Sinha (BJP, BH)

Digvijaya Singh (INC, MP) He studied at Daly College.

Bonus: Old Boys who are Chief Ministers as on April 15, 2019

Kamal Nath (INC, MP). Elected in 2018.

Naveen Patnaik (BJD, OR). Facing re-election in 2019.

Amarinder Singh (INC, PB). Elected in 2017. Was also Lok Sabha MP from Amritsar in 2014-2017.

Is this something for which Old Boys of this school should pat their own backs? I don’t know.

 

Elections in 2017 Part 2-The Rajya Sabha

Supporters of the present NDA government often say that they are hampered by not having a majority in the Rajya Sabha. At least 10 Rajya Sabha seats are due for election  according to the schedule given below. Some more may fall vacant (for instance, Mithun Chakravarthy, a TC member from Bengal, has announced his resignation a few days back).

As we will see in a moment, there will be no significant change in the composition of the Rajya Sabha in 2017, regardless of the assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh and elsewhere.

This table was compiled from the official website of the Rajya Sabha, from where we can deduce who will retire in 2017.

http://164.100.47.5/newmembers/MemlistElDate.aspx

We get this list:

rajya-sabha-2017

Only Goa’s Assembly will have changed while Gujarat and West Bengal would remain the same at the time of the Rajya Sabha elections in July-August.

In Goa, the one seat held by the INC may go to the BJP (or perhaps the AAP if something very peculiar happens).

In Bengal, the 6 seats are held by the Trinamul (4), INC (1) and CPM (1). Looking at the present constitution of the assembly these seats are likely to go to the same parties (though the CPM is the only one in some danger of losing its seat).

In Gujarat, the 3 seats going for election this year include 2 held by the BJP and 1 by the INC. The elections in August are likely to give the same result.

So one would have to look beyond 2017 to see any significant change in the composition of the Rajya Sabha.

Also, the elections for the President and Vice President are due in July and August respectively and will probably be held before the Rajya Sabha elections described above (though the results of the latter hardly matter).

It may be a source of worry to the NDA that they may not have sufficient strength in the electoral college to be sure of getting their preferred Presidential candidate elected. By then, the assembly elections for UP, Punjab and 3 smaller states will have taken place and present indications are that the NDA will not gain significantly.

This is also apparent for the Vice-Presidential election where the electoral college consists of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha members only.

So 2017 will be a year of numerous elections but, barring some completely unexpected events, they may not result in significant changes to the relative strengths of the main parties and alliances.

 

Looking ahead to India’s elections in 2017-Part 1

These are the Assembly elections due to take place in 2017:

state-assembly-2017

Knowing the end dates of the Assembly terms and the way that the Election Commission has handled things in the recent past, the approximate dates of polling can be predicted. It is too early to make serious predictions on the results.

I have included a column showing the number of Lok Sabha seats for each state. This is to keep things in perspective; even HP and UK do not account for even 1% of the Lok Sabha strength. Thus what happens in these states plus Goa and Manipur are not very significant on the national level. The real battleground is UP and Punjab now, and Gujarat later in the year.

So what difference do these results make to the larger picture? In terms of the Presidential election in July, not much. In terms of the composition of the Rajya Sabha, again not much because the seats up for election in 2017 are primarily from Bengal and Gujarat where there is not likely to be much change in the Rajya Sabha members elected. I will cover this in more detail later.

What is significant is the likelihood of a change in government in UP and Punjab, and probably Uttarakhand and Himachal as well. Even if there is a change in Goa and Manipur, it may not matter on the larger scale unless the AAP does unexpectedly well in Goa. What impact these changes will have on the functioning of the Central government are very speculative at the moment.

To be continued.

More about Indian Prime Ministers

A tabulation of basic biographical and geographical details of persons who have been Prime Ministers of India, including the Acting ones. This may answer any doubts you may have had from the previous post.

Note that V.P. Singh was known as the Raja of Manda, though this was a zamindari estate and not a princely state.

Also to confirm that even some official websites have confusing information, even if they are produced by the Lok Sabha themselves. Gulzarilal Nanda was MP from Sabarkantha (Gujarat) when he was Acting PM and was later MP from Kaithal (Haryana). He also lived for a slightly longer time than Morarji Desai, but still missed crossing a century.

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