India elections: Biggest losers

A number of key ministers from outgoing government have lost as main opposition BJP storms to power.

    India elections: Biggest losers
    Congress party's Nandan Nilekani, IT guru, lost to BJP's Ananth Kumar in Bangalore South, Karnataka [EPA]

    India's main opposition the Bharatiya Janata Party or BJP is headed for a landslide victory in parliamentary elections. The ruling Congress party is staring at its worst ever defeat, with many of its top leaders and outgoing cabinet ministers facing defeat.

    Here is a list of prominent leaders who lost the elections:

    Arvind Kejriwal

     Arvind Kejriwal

    Aam Aadmi Party or Common Man's Party leader Arvind Kejriwal contested against Narendra Modi from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state. He lost to prime minister-elect Modi.

     

      

     

    Salman Khurshid

     Salman Khurshid

    Outgoing Minister of External Affairs Salman Khurshid lost badly from his seat in Farrukhabad seat in Uttar Pradesh. He came fourth as Mahesh Rajput of the BJP triumphed. 

     

     

     

    Sushilkumar Shinde

    Sushilkumar Shinde

    Sushilkumar Shinde, Minister of Home Affairs in the last government, lost his seat in Solapur, Maharashtra to Sharad Bansode of the BJP.

     

     

      

    Kapil Sibal

    Kapil Sibal

    Minister of Law and Justice Kapil Sibal lost to BJP's Harsh Vardhan from Chandni Chowk in the capital, New Delhi.

     

     

       

    Priya Dutt

     

    Priya Dutt

    Congress party's Priya Dutt lost to BJP's Poonam Mahajan Alias Poonam Vajendla Rao in the Mumbai North Central constituency.

     

     

      

    Sachin Pilot

     

     Sachin Pilot

    Sachin Pilot, the young minister, lost to BJP's Sanwar Jat in Ajmer, Rajasthan.

     

     

     

     

    Meira Kumar

     

    Meira Kumar

    The Speaker of the Lower House of parliament, Meira Kumar, lost to BJP's Chhedi Paswan in Sasaram, Bihar.

     

      

      

    Nandan Nilekani

    Nandan Nilekani

    IT Entrepreneur-turned-politician Nandan Nilekani of Congress party lost to Ananth Kumar in Bangalore South, Karnataka.

     

     

      

    Arun Jaitley

     

    Arun Jaitley

    BJP's Arun Jaitley lost to Congress party's Amarinder Singh, a former chief minister of the Punjab state, in Amritsar.

     

     

     

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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