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Lok Sabha elections: Meet seven candidates who won as independents

By, New Delhi
Jun 06, 2024 09:35 AM IST

The seven independents are: Amritpal Singh, Sarabjeet Singh Khalsa, Patel Umeshbhai Babubhai, Mohamad Haneefa, Rajesh Ranjan, and Sheikh Abdul Rashid.

In the upcoming 18th Lok Sabha, as many as 526 candidates will be from the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), which won 293 seats in the recently-held general elections, and the Congress-led INDIA bloc, which bagged 233 seats. The remaining 17 to-be Members of Parliament (MPs) do not belong to either bloc; seven of them contested and won as independents.

New Delhi, India - June 3, 2024: BSF jawan stand infront of Parliament on the eve of result of General Lok Sabha election in New Delhi, India, on Monday, June 3, 2024. (Photo by Arvind Yadav/ Hindustan Times)
New Delhi, India - June 3, 2024: BSF jawan stand infront of Parliament on the eve of result of General Lok Sabha election in New Delhi, India, on Monday, June 3, 2024. (Photo by Arvind Yadav/ Hindustan Times)

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Who are these seven independents?

They are Amritpal Singh, Sarabjeet Singh Khalsa, Patel Umeshbhai Babubhai, Mohamad Haneefa, Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav, Vishal Patil, and Sheikh Abdul Rashid alias Rashid Engineer. Two are currently in jail: Amritpal Singh and Rashid Engineer.

Also Read: Engineer Rashid, Amritpal will need court order to attend Parliament, experts say

Where did they contest from?

IndependentConstituency (State/Union territory)Runner-upVictory margin (in votes)
Amritpal SinghKhadoor Sahib (Punjab)Kulbir Singh Zira (Congress)197,120
Sarabjeet Singh KhalsaFaridkot (Punjab)Karamjit Singh Anmol (AAP)70,053
Patel Umeshbhai BabubhaiDaman and Diu (Daman and Diu-UT)Lalubhai Babubhai Patel (BJP)6225
Mohmad Haneefa Ladakh (Ladakh-UT)Tsering Namgyal (Congress)27,862
Rajesh Ranjan Purnia (Bihar)Santosh Kumar (JDU)23,847
Vishal Patil Sangli (Maharashtra)Sanjay Patil (BJP)100,053
Abdul Rashid SheikhBaramulla (Jammu and Kashmir-UT)Omar Abdullah (JKNC)204,142

Profile

Amritpal Singh: Amritpal, who heads pro-Khalistan outfit Waris Punjab De, is currently lodged in Assam's Dibrugarh jail under the National Security Act (NSA). He returned to India in September 2022 from Dubai, where he moved in 2012 to join his family's transport business.

Also Read: After stunning Lok Sabha win, Amritpal Singh's lawyer's 'no alternative' warning

Sarabjeet Singh Khalsa: He is the son of Beant Singh, one of the two bodyguards who assassinated then-Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in October 1984. Singh's grandfather, Baba Sucha Singh, also served as a Lok Sabha member, representing Bathinda.

Patel Umeshbhai Babubhai: Babubhai is a social worker, according to ADR. His victory is significant as he defeated sitting BJP MP Lalubhau Babubhai Patel, who was seeking a fourth successive term from the Daman and Diu seat.

Mohmad Haneefa: A former district president of the National Conference, Haneefa is the fourth independent to win the Ladakh seat, which came into existence in 1967. Independents won here in the 1984, 2004, and 2009 national election as well.

Rajesh Ranjan: Also known as Pappu Yadav, Ranjan merged his Jan Aadhikar Party (JAP) with the Congress in March. Ranjan, who has served multiple terms as a Lok Sabha member, contested independently after the Congress gave Purnia to the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) under their seat-sharing agreement.

Vishal Patil: The grandson of former Maharashtra chief minister Vasantrao Patil rebelled against the Congress after the grand old party's ally, Shiv Sena (UBT), fielded its own candidate. 

Sheikh Abdul Rashid: Engineer Rashid is currently lodged in Delhi's Tihar Jail in a terror-funding case. The former two-time legislator was arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in 2019 on charges of terror-funding activities, becoming the first mainstream leader to be held under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

 

 

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