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Winners and Losers: The BJP and Congress law graduates who contested the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections
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Winners and Losers: The BJP and Congress law graduates who contested the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections

Aditya AK

The 2019 Lok Sabha Elections culminated in an overwhelming majority victory for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Who were the law graduates from the two biggest parties – the BJP and the Congress – that won in their respective constituencies?

Out of a total of 133 law graduates who ran for a Lok Sabha seat, a total of 53 ended up winning. 43 of these represented the BJP, while a mere 10 are from the Congress.

Below is a list of winners from each party.

BJP

NameConstituencyState/UTQualification (University)
Kiren RijijuArunachal WestArunachal PradeshLL.B (Campus Law Centre, Delhi University)
Tapan GogoiJorhatAssamLL.B (Gauhati University)
Rajiv Pratap RudySaranBiharLL.B (Punjab University)
Ravi Shankar PrasadPatnaBiharLL.B (Patna University)
Guharam AjgaleJanjgir-ChampaChhattisgarhLL.B (Swami Bal Krishanpuri University, Raigarh)
Santosh PandeyRajnandgaonChhattisgarh
Ramesh BhiduriSouth DelhiDelhiLL.B (Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut)
Meenakshi LekhiNew DelhiDelhiLL.B (Campus Law Centre, Delhi University)
Vinod ChavdaKachchGujaratLL.B (Lalan College, Bhuj)
Parbatbhai PatelBanaskanthaGujaratLL.B (Gujarat University)
Rattan Lal KatariyaAmbalaHaryanaLL.B (Kurukshetra University)
Nayab Singh SainiKurukshetraHaryanaLL.B (Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut)
Ramesh Chander KaushikSonipatHaryanaLL.B (Meerut University)
Rao Inderjeet SinghGurgaonHaryanaLL.B (Faculty of Law, Delhi University)
Krishan Pal GurjarFaridabadHaryanaLL.B (MMH College, Ghaziabad)
Sanjay SethRanchiJharkhandLL.B (Ranchi University)
Suresh AngadiBelgaumKarnatakaLL.B (Raja Lakhamgouda Law College, Belgaum)
PC GaddigoudarBagalkotKarnatakaLL.B (Raja Lakhamgouda Law College, Belgaum)
DV Sadananda GowdaBangalore NorthKarnatakaLL.B (Udupi Vaikunta Baliga College of Law)
Tejasvi SuryaBangalore SouthKarnatakaBA.LL.B (Bangalore Institute of Legal Studies)
Prahlad Singh PatelDamohMadhya PradeshLL.B (Rani Durgavati University, Jabalpur)
Ganesh SinghSatnaMadhya PradeshLL.B (Law College, Satna)
Janardan MishraRewaMadhya PradeshLL.B (Thakur Ranmat Singh Degree College, Rewa)
Riti PathakSidhiMadhya PradeshLL.B (APS University, Rewa)
Faggan Singh KulasteMandlaMadhya PradeshLL.B (Rani Durgavati University, Jabalpur)
Gajendra PatelKhargoneMadhya PradeshLL.B (Christian College, Indore)
Mahendra SolankiDewasMadhya PradeshNA
Chhatar Singh DarbarDharMadhya PradeshLL.B (Christian College, Indore)
Nitin GadkariNagpurMaharashtraLL.B (University College of Law, Nagpur University)
Suresh PujariBargarhOdishaLL.B (LR Law College, Sambalpur University)
Arjun Ram MeghwalBikanerRajasthanLL.B (Rajasthan University)
PP ChaudharyPaliRajasthanLL.B (Jai Narayan Vyas University, Jodhpur)
SP Singh BaghelAgraUttar PradeshLL.B (Meerut University)
Rajveer SinghEtahUttar PradeshLL.B (Agra University)
Santosh Kumar GangwarBareillyUttar PradeshLL.B (Rohilkhand University)
Ajay Kumar MishraKheriUttar PradeshLL.B (Kanpur University)
Bhanu Pratap VermaJalaunUttar PradeshLL.B (BKD College, Jhansi)
Pushpendra Singh ChandelHamirpurUttar PradeshLL.B (Bundelkhand University)
Lallu SinghFaizabadUttar PradeshLL.B (KS Saket PG College, Awadh University)
Brijbhushan Sharan SinghKaiserganjUttar PradeshLL.B (KS Saket PG College, Awadh University)
Jagdambika PalDomariyaganjUttar PradeshLL.B (Gorakhpur University)
Jyotirmay Singh MahatoPuruliaWest BengalLL.B (Rourkela Law College)
SS AhluwaliaBurdwan-DurgapurWest BengalLL.B (University College of Law, Calcutta University)

Among the big names to have won in their respective constituencies is incumbent Law Minister and Minister of Electronics and Information Technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad. Former Law Minister DV Sadananda Gowda and rookie candidate Tejasvi Surya also emerged victorious in Bangalore.

Meenakshi Lekhi won the New Delhi seat, while Nitin Gadkari will represent Nagpur in the Lok Sabha.

Congress

NameConstituencyState/UTQualification (University)
K SudhakaranKannurKeralaLL.B (Mangalore University)
Dean KuriakoseIdukkiKerala
Kodikunnil SureshMavelikkaraKeralaLL.B (Govt Law College, Thiruvananthapuram)
Shashi TharoorThiruvananthapuramKeralaMasters in Law (Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University)
Adoor PrakashAttingalKeralaLL.B (Kerala University)
Manish TewariAnandpur SahibPunjabLL.B (Campus Law Centre, Delhi University)
Santokh Singh ChaudharyJalandharPunjabLL.B (Punjab University)
Subburaman ThirunavukkarasarTiruchirappalliTamil NaduBL (Madras Law College)
Manickam TagoreVirudhunagarTamil NaduLL.B (Bangalore University)
Karti ChidambaramSivagangaTamil NaduMCL (Cambridge University)

Only 10 out of the 74 law graduates contesting the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections won in their constituencies. Among the notable winners are Manish Tewari, who will represent Anandpur Sahib in Punjab; Shashi Tharoor, who won in Thiruvananthapuram; and Karti Chidambaram, who won the Sivaganga seat.

The 2019 Lok Sabha Elections also threw up a number of surprising losses for law graduates from the Congress. Senior Advocate and former Law Minister Salman Khurshid lost his Farrukhabad. Another Senior Advocate and the incumbent Lok Sabha MP from Jabalpur, Vivek Tankha, also suffered a loss.

Former Law Minister Veerappa Moily also suffered a loss at Chikkaballapur, Karnataka. Leader of the Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge lost his Gulbarga seat.