The daughter-in-law of the Dholpur family started her electoral journey in such a way that she also became the Chief Minister of the state.
Although the Dholpur royal family has been contesting Rajasthan elections many times and again, the electoral history of this royal family is not very old. The daughter-in-law of this family, Vasundhara Raje, has been the first woman to contest elections from this royal family, who is also in the fray in this election. His son and member of the next generation, Dushyant Singh is an MP. In this way, this mother and son have been representing the Dholpur Gharana politically.
Vasundhara Raje is contesting from Jhalrapatan assembly seat this time. She has been a minister at the Centre. Has been MP five times. Has been MLA continuously since 2003. She has been the CM of Rajasthan twice. His son Dushyant Singh has also been elected MP continuously. His parliamentary constituency is Jhalawar-Bara.
Sometimes property and sometimes relations, Dholpur family remained in discussion.
Dholpur Gharana has been continuously in the headlines. Sometimes regarding property disputes and sometimes regarding relationships. The Dholpur royal family had merged itself with the Indian Union in the year 1949 itself. The last formal king of this gharana was Udai Bhan Singh. He ruled Dholpur from 1911 to 1949. After that this royal family joined the Union of India. However, Vasundhara Raje’s husband Hemant Singh also had the status of Maharaja. Then during the rule of Indira Gandhi, when the titles of Maharaja etc. were withdrawn from the princely states, this family also became extinct.
Experiments failed in Jhalrapatan, now in Vasundhara Maidan
The Jhalrapatan seat from where Vasundhara is contesting, the Bharatiya Janata Party has been winning for the last 33 years. Only once did Mohan Lal of Congress defeat BJP candidate Anang Kumar. Vasundhara Raje has been contesting and winning elections as a Bharatiya Janata Party candidate since 2003. Other parties did many experiments on this seat but things did not work out.
This time the result will be revealed only after the counting of votes but this may be a mere formality. Vasundhara also looks confident about victory. But as simple as the political struggle of this family appears, the family matters are equally complicated. The governance went well till Maharaja Udaybhan Singh. No controversy came to light anywhere. But, in later days, people often talk about the controversies regarding this royal family with great enthusiasm.
Property dispute between father and son lasted for three decades
Vasundhara Raje is the daughter of Gwalior royal family. This daughter of Vijay Raje Scindia and Jiwaji Rao Scindia was married to Prince Hemant Singh of Dholpur royal family in the year 1972. This relationship lasted very short time. As soon as the couple’s son Dushyant Singh was born, there was a rift in their relationship. However, Dushyant is now an MP from BJP.
After the divorce from Hemant Singh, Rajmata Vijay Raje Scindia filed a suit on behalf of her nephew in a Bharatpur court regarding the ownership rights of the property, which ended in a father-son settlement after almost three decades. Part of this agreement is that Vasundhara Raje Scindia will remain the former queen of the Dholpur royal family. Her ex-husband Hemant Singh has no objection to this. The property was divided on the basis of reconciliation between father and son, which was also approved by the court.
Politics over Dholpur Palace
A different kind of controversy has been much discussed regarding Dholpur Palace. There was a lot of politics regarding this. This palace is now in the form of a heritage hotel and is owned by Dushyant Singh. Congress created a controversy regarding this a few years ago. It was alleged that as CM, Vasundhara Raje made the government building a private property.
It was said that when the princely state of Dholpur merged with the Bahar Union, a few years later in 1977, it was taken over by the government, which was later made a private property. However, no concrete evidence of this ever surfaced.
Relationship of every IAS-IPS with Dholpur House
The dream of every youth of the country is also linked to a building of the Dholpur royal family. Dholpur House located in New Delhi is today the office of the Central Public Service Commission. This is the building in front of which lakhs of youth of the country dream of getting their photo clicked and only a few thousand succeed.
This is the magnificent building where IAS, IPS are selected and officers are also selected for the Indian Army through examinations like NDA, CDS. This annular building was built by the Dholpur royal family around the year 1920. At that time it used to be the residence of the royal family of Dholpur. This building is in the heart of Delhi, near India Gate.
Vasundhara Raje has also tasted defeat
Vasundhara Raje, who was a five-time MP, several times MLA, twice CM of Rajasthan and Union Minister, has also faced defeat in the elections. Her electoral journey started in 1984 from Bhind in Madhya Pradesh, from where she contested the Lok Sabha elections for the first time, but due to the assassination of Indira Gandhi, she too got scattered. He had to face defeat. However, she had reached Rajasthan Legislative Assembly for the first time from Dholpur itself.
She had also lost from the same Dholpur seat in 1993. He was defeated by Banwari Lal Sharma of Congress. Later, when he started, there was no looking back. She was a continuous member of the 9th to 13th Lok Sabha. She never left BJP and held various positions in the organization and the government. This time too she is a natural contender for CM but the party has not declared anyone as the CM face.
Dholpur has historical importance
The stones installed in the historic Red Fort of Delhi were brought from Dholpur itself. Before independence, Dholpur was a princely state but after joining the Indian Union, it became a city. Dholpur was declared a district in 1982, before that it was a part of Bharatpur.
The history of Dholpur is believed to be from the ancient Buddha period. It was first named Dhavalpuri after the name of state Dhaval Dev. This kingdom established this city seven hundred years ago. There is disagreement among historians regarding this. Some believe that this city was built in 1005 AD. Later it was named Dholpur. It was once a part of the Maurya Empire. Then the Mughals ruled here. Rajput kings ruled here till the 9th-10th century. Then it remained under Muhammad Ghori. In this way, after changing rulers, Vasundhara Raje’s father-in-law was the last declared king here.
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