Lok Sabha Elections in UP: Ministers Scramble to Keep Seats

So, the latest buzz from the political drama in Uttar Pradesh is all about the big names, big ministers who went head-to-head in the elections and the shocking results that followed. Out of the 12 Union ministers from BJP who threw their hats in the ring, only five managed to cling to their seats. Yes, you heard that right—only five! Among the lucky ones were our very own PM Narendra Modi from Varanasi and the stalwart Defence Minister Rajnath Singh from Lucknow.

A Shocking Turn of Events in Amethi

But wait, there’s more. Remember Smriti Irani, the Union Minister for Women and Child Development, who famously dethroned Rahul Gandhi in Amethi back in 2019? She’s now being dubbed a “giant slayer” for that victory. However, this time around, the tables turned, and she lost to Kishori L Sharma, a loyalist of the Gandhi family, by a whopping 1.6 lakh votes. Ouch!

Controversial Ajay Mishra Teni Takes a Hit

And then there’s Ajay Mishra Teni, the MoS for Home. His name has been splashed across headlines, especially after his son allegedly ran over four farmers during the farm laws protest in Lakhimpur. Well, it seems the controversy caught up with him—he couldn’t secure a third term and lost by 33,000 votes. Not exactly a nail-biting finish, but definitely a dramatic fall.

Other Ministers Bite the Dust

The drama didn’t end there. Several other portfolio holders saw their hopes dashed. Bhanu Singh Verma, the MoS for MSME, lost from Jalaun by a significant margin of 51,000 votes.

Mahendra Nath Pandey, handling heavy industries, lost his Chandauli seat by 14,000 votes.

Sanjeev Balyan, the MoS for Agriculture, couldn’t hold on to Muzaffarnagar and lost by 12,000 votes.

Sanjeev Balyan Minister

The urban development minister Kaushal Kishore saw an even bigger defeat in Mohanlalganj, trailing by 84,000 votes, and,

Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, MoS for rural development, faced a defeat in Fatehpur by 35,000 votes.

Victorious Ministers Still Feel the Heat

Even the ministers who did win couldn’t escape the drama. Their victory margins took a nosedive compared to 2019.

PM Modi, who previously won by a colossal 4.8 lakh votes, saw his margin slashed to 1.5 lakh against Congress state chief Ajay Rai.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s winning gap shrank to 70,000 from the previous 3.5 lakh.

Rajnath Singh Minister

Pankaj Chaudhary, the MoS for Finance, managed to retain Maharajganj but with a reduced margin of 35,000, compared to his earlier 3.4 lakh.

Anupriya Patel of NDA ally Apna Dal (S), also faced a significant drop, winning by just 46,000 votes against her previous 2.3 lakh.

The only minister who came out stronger was SP Singh Baghel, the Minister of State for Health. He surprisingly increased his winning margin in Agra to 2.2 lakh votes.

SP Singh Baghel Minister

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