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a sparsely populated borough in which all or most of the land is owned by a single family

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By moving Dhumal, Shah aims to pocket the difficult Sujanpur seat while it is widely felt that Hamirpur is the pocket borough of Dhumal.
Amethi (Uttar Pradesh), May 6 ( ANI ): Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi promised a slew of developments measures for his family's pocket borough of Amethi, after his sister Priyanka Gandhi campaigned in the constituency seeking votes for him.
The road-show is reportedly 'payback' for Modi's aggressive campaign in Amethi on the last day of campaigning in the Gandhi pocket borough on Monday.
Asking the people of the Gandhi pocket borough to seek a report card from Rahul Gandhi of the work he had done in the last 10 years, he said that in 2019, he will come and deliver Irani's report card.
He later addressed the electorate in Salon assembly segments of Amethi, which is a Gandhi family pocket borough.
Though no other party has announced its candidate from Hyderabad, Owaisi was largely expected to have a cake walk as the Muslim majority constituency has been a pocket borough of MIM.
Rising to prominence with his reported venomous hate speech against Muslims in his political pocket borough Pilibhit during this year's general elections, he is now singing a different tune today.
MIM was also making determined bid to expand its base beyond the traditional pocket borough of old city of Hyderabad and win more seats.
Sanjay Singh, who belongs to the royal family of Amethi, is the Congress candidate from his pocket borough Sultanpur.
Kannauj is traditionally considered a pocket borough of the socialists and is considered safe seat for the Yadav daughter-in-law who originally hails from neighbouring Uttarakhand.
RLD sources indicated that while they would be content with 10 seats in its pocket borough of western Uttar Pradesh, the party wanted the BJP to spare a few seats for it in eastern and central parts of the state.
She has already been assigned the task of revitalising the party in its pocket borough Rae Bareli, where it drew a blank in the Vidhan Sabha elections this year.
Bruised by the drubbing in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, the Congress's ' first family' has decided to bring in the younger Nehru- Gandhi scion to revitalise the party in its pocket borough -- Rae Bareli.
The change wasn't so obvious during the 2009 general elections when the RJD fielded his wife, Hina Shahab, from what was Shahabuddin's pocket borough.
Sinha also goes on to add that the ministry should ensure that BAI is not run as a " pocket borough of an individual.