Top 15 major embarrassments for Opposition parties in recently held national polls 2019

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party, on May 23 again scripted history by bagging 303 seats on its own in the recently concluded national polls. Along with its allies, it took its tally to 352 Lok Sabha Seats out of 542 Seats were national polls held in April-May in seven phases.

The Bharatiya Janata Party registered a landslide victory in states like Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Bihar, among others. While the saffron party also managed to gain big in West Bengal and Odisha – the strongholds of regional parties TMC and BJD respectively.

The Congress won 52 seats in the recently held polls, which is only 8 more than it got in 2014 national polls. It has also lost some of its strongholds across the country including Rahul Gandhi’s Amethi in Uttar Pradesh and Jyotiraditya Scindia‘s Guna in Madhya Pradesh.

Here we have compiled a list of candidates whose defeat came to as a shock and turn out to be a big embarrassment for their parties.

1. Rahul Gandhi (Congress) – Amethi (Uttar Pradesh)

In a major embarrassment to Indian National Congress; its President Rahul Gandhi got defeated from party’s stronghold Amethi in recently held national polls. Bharatiya Janata Party Leader and Union Minister Smriti Irani in the recently held national polls turn out to be number 1 giant killer by wrested power from Congress President Rahul Gandhi from Gandhi family’s bastion in Uttar Pradesh’s Amethi. Irani defeated Congress President Rahul Gandhi with a margin of over 55,000 votes.

Rahul Gandhi has entered the Lok Sabha for the First time in 2004 contesting from Amethi Lok Sabha Seat. Amethi in the past has been represented by Sonia GandhiRajiv Gandhi, and Sanjay Gandhi. Barring 1977, and 1998, Amethi before 2019 has always elected a Congress Nominee.

2. Jyotiraditya Scindia (Congress) – Guna (Madhya Pradesh)

In another setback for the party in the state where it has formed its government months ago, it’s General Secretary Jyotiraditya Scindia had to taste its first electoral defeat.

KP Yadav alias Krishna Pal Singh Yadav is also among the giant killers in the recently held national polls. Yadav has defeated Congress General Secretary Jyotiraditya Scindia on his bastion – Guna. Yadav, once a follower of Scindia contested the Polls on Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ticket defeated Scindia with a margin of 1.24 lakh votes.

Scindia has represented the seats five times since 2002. He entered Lok Sabha for the first time in 2002 in by-polls after the death of his father who was the then incumbent MP from the seat. Jyotiraditya Scindia had in 2004 Polls won the seats with 80,000 votes. Apart from his, father Madhorao Scindia and Grandmother Vijayaraje Scindia also represented the Lok Sabha Seat of Guna several times.

3. Dimple Yadav (Samajwadi Party) – Kannauj (Uttar Pradesh)

Kannauj which has the distinction of electing socialist ideologue Ram Manohar Lohia in 1967 and Mulayam Singh Yadav in 1999, this time has offered something very interesting by electing a non-SP Candidate in recently concluded national polls. Dimple Yadav, wife of Samajwadi Party Leader Akhilesh Yadav failed to retain her seat in the recently held national polls.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Subrat Pathak defeated Dimple Yadav, wife of Akhilesh Yadav with a margin of around 11,000 votes.

Akhilesh Yadav had represented the seat three times from 2000 to 2012. In 2012 By-polls she elected to Lok Sabha from Kannauj after her husband Akhilesh left the seat after being appointed as the Chief Minister of the state.

4. Mallikarjun Kharge (Congress) – Gulbarga (Karnataka)

Mallikarjun Kharge, a nine-time Lawmaker and two-term Parliamentarian faced his first electoral defeated in the recently held national polls 2019. Leader of Congress in the 16th Lok Sabha got defeated with a margin of over 95,000 votes by Umesh Jadhav.

Umesh Jadhav, a Congress Lawmaker unhappy with the party leadership shifted loyalties to (BJP) days before national polls.

5. Kalvakuntla Kavitha (TRS) – Nizamabad (Telangana)

K Kavitha, daughter of Telangana CM K Chandrashekhar Rao, got her first electoral setback from Nizamabad Lok Sabha Seat in the recently held national polls. Sitting MP K Kavitha got defeated from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Candidate Arvind Dharmapuri with a margin of over 78,000 votes.

Surprising everyone with his victory, Dharmapuri secured 4,79,748 against 4,09,481 of TRS Candidate and sitting MP Kalvakuntla Kavitha. The defeat of KCR’s Daughter is seen a big embarrassment for Telangana ruling TRS.

6. Vaibhav Gehlot (Congress) – Jodhpur (Rajasthan)

Jodhpur Lok Sabha seat which is in the past been represented by Congress Stalwart Ashok Gehlot seems not to be lucky for his son who has failed in his first electoral battle. Vaibhav Gehlot, son of Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot was defeated by BJP Candidate Gajendra Singh Shekhawat over 2.7 lakh votes in recently held Lok Sabha Seat. This is seen as a big setback for Ashok Gehlot who failed to bag the seat despite being a Chief Minister of the state.

Shekhawat who was seeking his second term from the Lok Sabha Seat secured 7,81,166 while Vaibhav Gehlot could only secure 5,11,052 votes.

7. Mehbooba Mufti (PDP) – Anantnag (Jammu and Kashmir)

Mehbooba Mufti, PDP Leader and Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir failed in retaining her seat and came third from Anantnag constituency in Jammu and Kashmir in recently held national polls. The seat was won by Hasnain Masoodi from National Conference (NC), with a margin of 6676 votes against Ghulam Ahmad Mir of Congress.

Anantnag Parliamentary was one of the longest vacant seats that was left by Former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti in 2016 when she joined hands with BJP to form the next government in the valley. She had in past in the year 2004 won the Lok Sabha Polls from Anantnag Lok Sabha Seat.

8. HD Deve Gowda (JD-S) – Tumkur (Karnataka)

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Candidate GS Basavraj in the recently concluded polls defeated political heavyweight HD Deve GowdaJD(S) Chief and Former Prime Minister from Tumkur Lok Sabha Seat. He defeated JD-S Chief with a margin 13,000 votes.

GS Basavraj once associated with Indian National Congress has won the Tumkur Lok Sabha seat twice in the past however this electoral victory would be very special to him as he has defeated former Prime Minister in the national polls 2019.

9. Parth Ajit Pawar (NCP) – Maval (Maharashtra)

In a major setback to Nationalist Congress Party, Parth Ajit Pawar, son of Ajit Pawar failed to score in his first electoral contest. Parth who has been named by the party from Maval Lok Sabha Seat got defeated by Shiv Sena nominee Shrirang Appa Chandu Barne with a margin of over 2.15 Lakh votes.

Ajit Pawar had made Maval Lok Sabha Seat a prestigious seat as he campaigned aggressively for his son during the national polls.

10. Nikhil Kumaraswamy (JD-S) – Mandya (Karnataka)

Nikhil Kumaraswamy, son of Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy failed to score in his first electoral competition. JD-S named Nikhil Kumaraswamy from Mandya Lok Sabha Seat. He got defeated by Sumalatha Ambareesh, a film actress who contested polls as an Independent Candidate.

With the backing of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Sumalatha Ambareesh defeated Nikhil Kumaraswamy with a margin of 1.25 lakh votes. JD-S in the recently held national polls has seen major embarrassment with the defeat of its Supremo HD Deve Gowda, and Nikhil Kumaraswamy.

11. Harish Rawat (Congress) – Nainital-Udhamsingh Nagar (Uttarakhand)

Harish Rawat, a four-time member of Parliament and a Former Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, faced a humiliating defeat in the recently held national polls. Rawat got defeated with a heavy margin of 3.39 Lakh votes by Bharatiya Janata Party Candidate Ajay Bhatt who secured over 7.72 Lakh votes. Rawat had earlier represented Almora Lok Sabha Seat three times since 1980 and won from Hardwar Seat in 2009 Lok Sabha Polls.

12. Babulal Marandi (JVM) – Kodarma (Jharkhand)

Jharkhand Vikas Morcha Chief Babulal Marandi, former Jharkhand CM, and three-time MP from Kodarma faced a humiliating defeat in 2019 national polls. Marandi got defeated by Annapurna Devi, a former RJD Chief who contested national polls on BJP ticket. Devi defeated Former Chief Minister with a heavy margin of over 4.55 Lakh votes.

13. Shibhu Soren (JMM) – Dumka (Jharkhand)

Another Former Chief Minister of Jharkhand Shibhu Soren faced a humiliating defeat in the recently held national polls. Shibhu Soren, President of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, got defeated by Sunil Soren of Bharatiya Janata Party with over 47,000 votes.

He was first elected to the Lok Sabha in 1980. He has represented Dumka Lok Sabha Seat 7 times since 1989 and was considered a stronghold of the former Chief Minister.

14. Manish Khanduri (Congress) – Garhwal (Uttarakhand)

Manish Khanduri, son of Former Uttarakhand CM BC Khanduri lost his first electoral battle which he had contested on Congress Ticket. He contested the Lok Sabha Polls from Garhwal Lok Sabha Seat which is a stronghold of his father Bhuwan Chandra (BC) Khanduri. Manish Khandori got defeated Tirath Singh Rawat of Bharatiya Janata Party with over 3 Lakh votes.

Garhwal Lok Sabha Seat has been in the past represented by his father five-times since 1991 as a Bharatiya Janata Party Candidate.

15. Dushyant Chautala (JJP) – Hisar (Haryana)


Dushyant Chautala, President of Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) lost the polls from Hisar Lok Sabha. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Brijendra Singh defeated Chautala with 3.20 Lakh votes. Chautala had in 2014 won the Hisar Lok Sabha Seat contesting on INLD Ticket. Dushyant Chautala had defeated Kuldip Bishnoi of the HJC-BJP alliance by a slender margin of 30,000 votes to become the youngest ever Member of Parliament in 2014.

He floated his own political outfit Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) in 2018 after being expelled from INLD. His party has forged an alliance with AAP in the recent polls. However, the alliance failed drastically and could not even win a single seat.


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