Bahuguna, political family
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Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna
Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna abandoned the Congress in 1977 -walking out on Indira Gandhi once, only to return and quit again in 1980.Indira had in 1975 sacked Bahuguna -the then Union communications minister for “insubordination“.
His elder son Vijay Bahuguna, the former Congress chief minister of Uttarakhand, re belled against incumbent Harish Rawat in 2014.
Vijay Bahuguna and his son Saket defected to the BJP with nine Congress MLAs in a failed attempt to unseat the Congress government.
Rumours of his sister, Rita Bahuguna Joshi’s likely departure from the Congress first surfaced soon after
Rita Bahuguna Joshi
Overlooked, Ex-UP Party Chief Quits
Joshi was UP Congress chief between 2007-12, All India Women Congress chief in 2007, party's national spokesperson, and MLA from Lucknow Cantonment
In July 2009, Joshi was detained for allegedly making derogatory remarks against Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati and was sent to Moradabad jail in 14-day judicial custody .
Speaking on law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh and the increasing number of rapes in the state, she had slammed the Mayawati government for allegedly giving Rs 25,000 rupees in compensation to rape survivors.
Women who are raped should “throw the money at Mayawati's face and tell her “you should also be raped and I will give you one crore rupees“ she had said in the speech, that is said to have enraged the BSP. Her rented Lucknow home was attacked and gutted by BSP members as well.
She resigned [in Oct 2016] as MLA from Lucknow Cantonment along with her membership of the party .
This happened a Little over a month after Rita Bahuguna Joshi and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi paid homage to her father and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna in Allahabad, she quit the party , bringing one of the leading UP Brahmin family's age-old association with the Congress to an end.
While she has a litany of grievances, including being overlooked for UPCC screening and campaign committees, one of the lesser discussed triggers for quitting may have been the party's disinterest in her keenness on launching her son, Mayank Joshi, in the upcoming UP assembly polls.
Sources told The Times of India while Joshi was herself ready to switch seats and contest the assembly polls from Allahabad -where she had served as mayor for many years, and had taught history at the Allahabad University -she was wanting a ticket for Mayank from Lucknow Cantonment, which she has held since 2012. The history of defections ns long and deep in the Bahuguna family . In her 27-year political career, Joshi has been with the Samajwadi Party , the Congress and now the BJP .