The 2019 campaign had been like none other. As Modi juggernaut rolled on, many big names and many big family strongholds fell by the wayside. This was a ringing demonstration of the beginning of the end of dynastic politics and the politics of entitlement so strongly entrenched so far in the Indian system.
Here’s a list of some of those big names and big electoral strongholds which couldn’t withstand the Modi juggernaut.
Congress’s Rahul Gandhi from Amethi
Without doubt, the biggest name that fell this poll season was none other than Congress President and the scion himself when he had to bow out before Smriti Irani from a constituency which had been a family stronghold since 1967.
Congress’s Mallikaurjun Kharge from Kalburgi
Senior Congress leader and a prominent face in Lok sabha lost an election for the first time ever in his life. And that too from a constituency which had been a Congress bastion for years.
Congress’s Jyotiraditya Scindia from Guna
A family stronghold from where Congress’s Jyotiraditya Scindia himself had won 4 times, father Madhavrao Scindia 4 times and grandmother Vijaya Raje Scindia had won 6 times; however 2019 was different and the Scindia stronghold had fallen.
Congress’s K H Muniyappa from Kolar
A seven-time Congress MP from Kolar and a former union minister of state had to bite the electoral dust in 2019.
Congress’s Shatrughna Sinha from Patna Sahib
The two-time MP from the same seat had to bow out thanks to his shifting loyalty at the last moment.
Congress’s Deepender Hooda from Rohtak
The son of former Chief Minister of Haryana lost from a seat he had held thrice and his father Bhoopinder Hooda 4 times.
PDP’s Mehbooba Mufti from Anantnag
Former Chief Minister lost from a constituency where she had been a two-time MP and her father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed from INC had won once long back.
RJD’s Sharad Yadav from Madhepura
Former JDU President lost from a seat he had won 4 times in the past.
SP’s Dimple Yadav from Kannauj
Another family bastion which was represented by the redoubtable Mulayam Yadav himself once, Akhilesh Yadav thrice and Dimple Yadav twice, couldn’t withstand the Modi storm. The SP chief and former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav couldn’t save his wife’s seat.
SP’s Dharmendra Yadav from Badaun
Former Chief Minister’s cousin, a two-time winner from the same constituency also couldn’t save his seat.
JDS’s Nikhil Kumaraswamy from Mandya
The son of the sitting Chief Minister and the grandson of former PM lost from the family stronghold in 2019.
Thus, 2019 polls had been a death knell for the big family names and party strongholds. PM Modi’s leadership has finally paved the way for an era of true democracy in the country.