New Delhi, (24/5/2019): In the ‘Namo Tsunami 2:0,’ Union minister Smriti Irani, Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, Krishnapal Yadav, G.B. Basavraj and Ramesh Chandra Kaushik turned as one of the “giant killers” defeating their rivals in their pocket-boroughs.
While Irani defeated Congress president Rahul Gandhi from Amethi, which the Congress had been holding since 1980’s. Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, an accused in Malegaon bomb blast case, and BJP’s Bhopal candidate garnered nearly 60 percent votes.
Sadhvi Pragya Thakur defeated former Madhya Pradesh chief minister and a Congress stalwart, Digvijay Singh. The BJP had to face severe criticism over its choice of fielding Thakur and also some of her controversial remarks made during campaigning, including against Mahatama Gandhi’s killer Nathuram Godse.
BJP’s Krishnapal Yadav defeated the scion of Scindia family, Jyotiraditya Scindia from his family’s pocketborough, Guna.
BJP’s Ramesh Chandra Kaushik turned out to be another ‘giant killer’ as former chief minister and Congress stalwart Bhupendra Hooda was defeated by him from Sonipat parliamentary seat.