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|October 7, 1999||
Break for some, heartbreak for others
Time now for us to look at how the kith and kin fared.
The Lok Sabha election in the South and the assembly poll in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka have brought mixed fortunes to the relatives of political heavyweights.
Former prime minister H D Deve Gowda suffered a shocking defeat in Karnataka. His sons H D Kumarasamy and H D Revanna, who contested the Lok Sabha and assembly elections in the state respectively, also bit the dust.
But, the father-son pair of Banagarappa and Kumara Bangarappa proved a success, with the former making it to the Lok Sabha and the latter to the assembly from their home district of Shimoga.
In Kerala, a similar father-son combination -- former chief minister Kunnoth Karunakaran and offspring K Muraleedharan -- made it to the Lok Sabha.
The sons of three late political veterans also tested the waters in Kerala. Greenhorn E M S Sreedharan, son of the late Marxist leader E M S Namboodiripad, was vanquished by battle-scared Karunakaran. In Idukki, Francis George, son of K M George, the founder leader of the Kerala Congress, humbled Congress war-horse P J Kurien.
In another case, P C Thomas, the ward of former minister P C Chacko, got the better of Communist Party of India-Marxist leader P M Ismail at Muvattupuzha.
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