J&K election: State's Royal family divided between Congress, PDP and NC

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Jammu, Oct 30: Ahead of assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir, the state's only royal family that is the descendants of its last ruler, Maharaja Hari Singh, has become a politically divided house.

The members of the same royal family are going to test their fate by contesting from various other political parties.

Hari Singh's son Karan Singh is a Congress MP in the Rajya Sabha.

His elder son and Hari Singh's grand son Vikramaditya Singh will contest in assembly polls on Mufti Mohammad Saeed's People's Democratic Party (PDP). He will also be the party's star campaigner.

Karan Singh's younger son, Ajatshatru, has is an incumbent MLA in the ruling National Conference (NC) government.

The PDP wants Vikramaditya to fight against his own brother, but it is highly unlikely. He had joined PDP a few days back in presence of its senior leaders Mufti Mohammad Saeed and Mehbooba Mufti, who is a Lok Sabha MP.

Vikramaditya's is likely to contest from Jammu's Nagrota assembly seat and has promised to work for the development of Jammu. He is a businessman by profession and owns several hotels in Himachal Pradesh.

Political experts in Kashmir are of the view that people here still look at Hari Singh's kin with great respect and have always voted for them.

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