Minister wilt in Modi heat

Minister wilt in Modi heat

Minister wilt in Modi heat

Over a dozen Union Cabinet Ministers lost in the Lok Sabha polls as Modi wave uprooted the ruling Congress-led UPA dispensation across the country.

Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid, HRD Minister M Pallam Raju and Health Minister Gulam Nabi Azad were all defeated by their rivals.

Other big loosers include Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma, Corporate Affairs Minister Sachin Pilot and Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal.

Khurshid was a distant fourth in Farrukhabad constituency while Sibal was third in Chandni Chowk constituency in Delhi.

Shinde lost from Solapur segment by 1.49 lakh while Raju settled for third position in Kakinada segment and lost his deposit by getting just 6,100 votes. Jaiswal lost by 2.22 lakh votes from Kanpur while Verma was pushed to fourth position in Gonda Lok Sabha seat with 92,887 votes.

Housing Minister Girija Vyas (Chithorgarh) lost by 3.17 lakh votes.

Women and Child Welfare Minister Krishna Tirath (North West Delhi), Minster for Northeast Development Praban Singh Ghatowar (Dibrugarh) Ranee Narah (Lakmipur)  too lost.

Minister of State for Rural Development Pradeep Jail was reduced to fourth position.

Among the UPA allies, Heavy Industries Minister Praful Patel of NCP, Renewable Energy Minister Farooq Abdullah of National Conference and Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh of Rashtriya Lok Dal faced humiliating defeat.

The only face saving for Congress was that all the Union Ministers contesting polls in Karnataka and Kerala including Railway Minister Mallikarjuna Kharge (Gulbarga), Oil Minister  M Veerappa Moily (Chikballapur), Minister of State for Civil Aviation K C Venugopal (Alapuzza) and Minister for Micro Medium and Small Scale Industries Minister K H Muniyappa were able to sail through.

Some other leaders who retained their seats include Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath (Chindwara), Food Minister KV Thomas (Earnakulam)  and Power Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia (Guna).