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Big guns of Ashok Gehlot government subdued by big-margin losses

Monday, 9 December 2013 - 2:34pm IST | Place: Jaipur | Agency: DNA
Except two Cabinet ministers, none makes it to 14th Assembly.

Baring two Cabinet ministers in the Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government, none has been able to make it to the 14th Assembly. Among these two, one is the outgoing chief minister Gehlot who won from Sardarpura seat while the other is tribal area development minister Mahendrajeet Singh Malviya from Bagidora Assembly constituency. The rest have become history now. Even senior leaders like Shanti Dhariwal and Bina Kak could not save their seats in the Modi wave.

Dhariwal lost his seat to BJP’s Prahlad Gunjal by a margin of 14,000 votes while outgoing tourism minister Bina Kak lost her Sumerpur seat by a margin of more than 42,000 votes. Kak wanted to contest election from Pali constituency but the party high command gave her party ticket from her old seat Sumerpur.

Bharat Singh who has held Public Works Department and was one of the most honest ministers in Gehlot Cabinet lost by 19,000 votes on Sangod Assembly seat.

Aimaduddin Ahmad ‘Duru Miyan’ the then medical and health minster was even not in the contest on Tijara seat.  From Sikar district industry minister Rajendra Pareek lost by around 14,000 votes while energy minister Jitendra Sing lost Khetri seat by a margin of around 7,000 votes.

Brij Kishore Sharma the outgoing Cabinet minister for primary & secondary education, lost Hawa Mahal seat to BJP’s Surendra Pareek by 12,000 votes. Senior leaders like Harji Ram Burdak (agriculture minister), Hema Ram Chaudhary (revenue minister), Parasadi Lal Meena (co-operative minister) and Ashok Bairwa (social justice and empowerment minister) too lost their respective seats. Hema Ram Chaudhary was one of the Congress minister’s who had won the election multiple times. 

Even the state minister too could not revive the hopes of Congress. Virendra Beniwal, state minister for transport, Dayaram Parmar, higher education minister, Rajendra Gudha, Naseem Akhtar and many other lost the elections.

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