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LS polls: How the politico children failed to deliver

PTI  New Delhi, May 18, 2014
First Published: 13:58 IST(18/5/2014) | Last Updated: 17:05 IST(18/5/2014)

This year's Lok Sabha elections saw many of the sons and daughters of Congress leaders failing to retain their family strongholds as party's tally dipped to a historic low of 44 seats out of 543.

Prominent among those who lost the elections are Sachin Pilot, Karti Chidambaram, Sandeep Dikshit, Milind Deora, Priya Dutt and Jitin Prasada.

Th star cast of the losing sons and daughters team: Sandeep Dikshit, Priya Dutt and Sachin Pilot. (Agencies)

Read: It cannot be all in the family for the Congress

Sachin Pilot, son of former Union Minister late Rajesh Pilot, contested from Rajasthan's Ajmer constituency. Sachin, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Corporate Affairs in the outgoing UPA government, lost to BJP's Sanwar Lal Jat by a margin of about 1.71 lakh votes.

Finance Minister P Chidambaram's son Karti also lost elections from Tamil Nadu's Sivaganga constituency. Karti, who had made a debut in the polls from Sivaganga (represented by his father in last Lok Sabha), came in fourth position by securing 1,04,678 votes.

The constituency has been won by All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam candidate Senthilnathan PR.

Kerala Governor and former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit's son Sandeep lost East Delhi constituency. Sandeep, who lost to BJP's Maheish Girri (5,72,202 votes), came at third position by getting 2,03,240 votes. Aam Aadmi Party's Rajmohan Gandhi got 3,81,739 votes.

Congress Rajya Sabha MP from Maharashtra and former Cabinet Minister in UPA government Murli Deora's son Milind could not retain South-Mumbai constituency. Milind, Minister of State for Communication and Information Technology and also for Shipping, lost to Shivsena's Arvind Sawant by a margin of 1,28,148 votes.

Former Congress Union minister and late actor Sunil Dutt's daughter Priya failed to retain Maharashtra's Mumbai-North-Central seat. Priya lost to BJP's Poonam Mahajan, daughter of former Union Minister late Pramod Mahajan, by 1,86,771 votes.

Jitin Prasada, son of Congress leader late Jitendra Prasada, lost from Uttar Pradesh's Dhaurahra constituency. Jitin, who was Minister of State for Human Resource Development in the government which resigned yesterday, secured fourth position by getting 1,70,994 votes.

BJP's Rekha won from Dhaurahra constituency.

However, some of the offsprings of politicians did win in Lok Sabha elections.

President Pranab Mukherjee's son Abhijit won West Bengal's Jangipur constituency. Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and his son and party's vice president Rahul Gandhi won from Rae Bareli and Amethi constituencies respectively by a comfortable margin.

Jyotiraditya Scindia, son of the late Madhavrao Scindia, won from Madhya Pradesh's Guna constituency by a margin of 1,20,792 votes. Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi's son Gourav won from state's Kaliabor parliamentary constituency by a margin of 93,874 votes.

Haryana's Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda's son Deepender, won from Rohtak constituency. In Assam, Sushmita Dev won from Silchar seat as a Congress candidate. She is the daughter of former Union Minister Santosh Mohan Dev.

Other than Congress, sons and daughters of other party leaders also won in the polls.

BJP's Maneka Gandhi and her son Varun Gandhi won from Uttar Pradesh's Pilibhit and Sultanpur seats respectively.

Senior BJP leader and former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha's son Jayant also won from Jharkhand's Hazaribagh constituency.

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh's son Abhishek won from Rajnandgaon constituency as a BJP candidate.

Rajasthan Chief Minister and senior BJP leader Vasundhara Raje's son Dushyant won from Jhalawar-Baran seat of the state.

Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh's son Rajbir Singh won from state's Etah seat on a BJP ticket.

In Delhi, former BJP Chief Minister Sahib Singh Verma's son Parvesh Verma won from West Delhi constituency.

Anurag Thakur, son of former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, won from state's Hamirpur seat.

Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Ram Vilas Paswan's son Chirag won from Bihar's Jamui seat. Ram Vilas Paswan also won from Bihar's Hajipur constituency.

In Maharashtra, Nationalist Congress Party chief and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar's daughter Supriya Sule won from Baramati seat.


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