History is filled with enduring love stories and controversial love affairs that refuse to fade away from memory. The intensity increases when the illicit love affairs concern the statesmen and politicians. These affairs are surrounded by everything from extensive media coverage to unending speculations. Looking back here are six such political love affairs that stunned us.
1. Digvijaya Singh
This former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh found himself amidst controversy when his intimate images with T.V Journalist Amrita Rai were leaked. As soon as the matter became public knowledge, he accepted the affair and eventually got married to Amrita in 2015.
2. Omar Abdullah
When he decided to divorce his wife of 17 years, speculations were made that the reason is Nidhi Razdan. She is a journalist who met the former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister during her state visit for purpose of reporting. Abdullah denied the claims of an affair.
3. Shashi Tharoor
This charismatic MP from Congress had a controversial love affair with his late wife Sunanda Pushkar. Both were divorced when they met and decided to tie the knot. He landed in a media storm when a Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar confessed her love for him which was denied by a joint statement from Shashi Tharoor and Sunanda Pushkar. Just a few days after the saga, Sunanda Pushkar was found murdered in a hotel room. The case is still unresolved.
4. Amar Singh
This former Samajwadi Party leader found himself in the middle of a controversy after a telephonic conversation was leaked. The conversation between this politician and Bollywood actress Bipasha Basu was sexually explicit.
5. NT Rama Rao
Though most political love affairs end in ugly feud and drama, some will genuinely warm your heart. Friends, family, and followers were shocked when three-term chief minister Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao confessed his love for Lakshmi Parvathi. She is a Telugu writer who was co-authoring his biography. The two fell in love during the process and decided to marry. He took this decision at the age of 70.
6. ND Tiwari
Former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand created sensational headlines when he was allegedly caught in bed with three women at his official residence in Raj Bhavan. This was followed by a police complaint that he was sexually abusing the girls and misusing his power. Though Tiwari apologized, he claimed that he has been framed. The dust just settled on this matter when Rohit Shekhar filed a paternity suit against Tiwari. He claimed that Tiwari was his biological father, the court ordered a DNA mapping. After that, it was proved that he is indeed Rohit’s biological father. He not only accepted that but also married Rohit’s mother at the age of 88 whom he previously refused to acknowledge.
Which illicit political coupling we missed?