4 sitting Rajya Sabha MPs to move to LS

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4 sitting Rajya Sabha MPs to move to LS

Saturday, 25 May 2019 | PNS | New Delhi

Three sitting Rajya Sabha MPs of the BJP and one from the DMK would move to the Lok Sabha following their win in the parliamentary elections. In contrast, one sitting Rajya Sabha MP from the Congress lost.

From the BJP, its chief Amit Shah, Union Ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad and Smriti Irani, and from the DMK its leader Kanimozhi are among the prominent winners in the 2019 Lok Sabha election who are sitting Rajya Sabha members.

Shah, 54, was elected to the Upper House of Parliament in August 2017, making his parliamentary debut.

He won his first Lok Sabha election from the Gandhinagar constituency by a margin of over 5.57 lakh votes against his nearest rival Congress’ CJ Chavda.

His colleagues in the Rajya Sabha, Prasad and Irani, who hold Law and Textile portfolios respectively, also emerged victorious.

Irani, 43, who had earlier also served as an the HRD Minister and the I&B Minister in the Modi Government, proved herself to be a giant-killer as she dethroned Congress chief Rahul Gandhi in Amethi by a margin of 55,120 votes, while Prasad, 64, dislodged sitting MP and former BJP member Shatrughan Sinha who fought on a Congress ticket by a margin of over 2.84 lakh in Patna Sahib constituency.

The TV actor-turned-politician had twice fought the Lok Sabha election unsuccessfully in 2004, losing to Congress leader Kapil Sibal in Chandni Chowk constituency and in 2014 suffered defeat at the hands of Rahul Gandhi in Amethi.

Besides the BJP MPs, DMK’s 51-year-old Kanimozhi also scripted her first win in a general election as she defeated her BJP rival by over 3.47 lakh in Thoothukkudi constituency.

However, Congress leader and party’s Rajya Sabha MP B K Hariprasad lost to young Tejasvi Surya in Bangalore South constituency by a margin of over 3.31 lakh votes.

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