Elections 2009 India
Elections 2009 India


BJP - 118 
Cong - 205 
SP - 24 
BSP - 20 
JD(U) - 19 
DMK - 18 
PMK - 0 
MDMK - 1 
TDP - 7 
RJD - 4 
LJP - 0 
NCP - 9 
TMC - 19 
Left - 23 
JD(S) - 3 
BJD - 10 
INLD - 2 
RLD - 5 
TRS - 2 
AGP - 1 
Akali Dal 4 
NC - 3 
PDP - 0 
Others - 0 


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Kapil Sibal Chandni Chowk Cong
Ajay Maken New Delhi Cong 
Madhu Koda Singhbhum Independent 
Chiranjeevi Tirupati Praja Rajyam 
Navjot Singh Siddhu Amritsar BJP 
Akhilesh Yadav Kannauj SP 
Deependra Singh Hooda Rohtak Congress 
Md. Azharuddin Moradabad Congress 
Maneka Gandhi Aonla BJP 
Sharad Pawar Madha NCP 
Babulal Marandi Koderma Ind 
Yashwant Sinha Hazaribagh BJP 
Veerappa Moily Chikballapur Congress 
Praful Patel Bhandara NCP 
Kalyan Singh Etah Independent 
Rajnath Singh Ghaziabad BJP 
Arjun Munda Jamshedpur Lok Sabha Seat BJP 
LK Advani Gandhinagar BJP 
Shashi Tharoor Thiruvanathapuram Cong 
Varun Gandh Pilibhit BJP 
Jyotiraditya Scindia Guna Cong 
Mulayam Singh Mainpuri seat SP 
Farooq Abdullah Sringar Parliamentary seat National Conference 
Dushyant Singh Jhalawar-Baran BJP 
Lalji Tandon Lucknow parliamentary seat BJP 
Dayanidhi Maran Chennai Central DMK 
P Chidambaram Sivaganga Cong 
Shibu Soren JMM Dumka 
Shahnawaz Hussain Bhagalpur BJP 
Sonia Gandhi Rae bareli Cong 
Pranab Mukherjee Jangipur Cong 
Sachin Pilot Dausa Cong 
Navin Jindal Kurukshetra INC 
Mamata Banerjee TMC Kolkata (south) 
Sriprakash Jaiswal Kanpur Cong 
Sharad Yadav Madhepura JD(U) 
A Raja DMK Nilgiris 
Priya Dutt Mumbai North-Central Cong 
HN Anantkumar Bangalore South BJP 
Kamalnath Chhindwara Cong 
Sumitra Mahajan Indore BJP 
HD Kumaraswamy Bangalore Rural JD(S) 
E Ahamed Malappuram MLKSC 
Jaswant Singh Darjeeling BJP 
MM Joshi Varanasi BJP 
Jaya Prada Rampur SP 
Sandeep Dikshit East Delhi Cong 
HD Devegowda Hassan JD(S) 
Farooq Abdullah Srinagar J&KNC 
Sushma Swaraj Vidisha BJP 
Shatrughan Sinha Patna Sahib BJP  
Name Seat Party 
Lalu Prasad Patliputra RJD 
Mani Shankar Aiyar Mayiladuthurai Cong 
Vaiko MDMK Virudhunagar 
Shankarsinh Vaghela Cong Panchmahals 
Renuka Chowdhury Khammam Cong 
Ramvilas Paswan Hajipur LJP 
EVKS Elangovan Erode Cong 

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Congress Party wins India elections 2009
New Delhi. The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) today raced to an unexpected decisive victory in what was billed as one of the most unpredictable Lok Sabha elections. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was clearly the man of the moment as he scripted history by becoming the first Prime Minister after Jawaharlal Nehru to come back to power after completing a full term in office.

The grand old party did exceptionally well on its own as it crossed the 200 mark while the incumbent ruling combine was comfortably placed at over 250 in the 545-member Lok Sabha. The UPA’s estranged allies like the Left parties, Lalu Prasad Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Ram Vilas Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) were humbled even as the main opposition party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) finished at a low of 112 seats.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s personal image as a man of learning and integrity and the electorate’s preference for stability proved to be key factors in these elections. Realising that he enjoys a groundswell of goodwill, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Nehru-Gandhi scion Rahul Gandhi went out of their way to repeatedly project him for the top job, thus converting this election into a Presidential contest. BJP leader LK Advani’s personal attacks against Manmohan Singh only ended up improving his popularity ratings.

The fear of a fractured mandate with disparate small political parties calling the shots at the Centre also appears to have scared the electorate, which has shown a preference for national parties, although nobody is writing off the regional parties. 

Given today’s line-up, the Congress is comfortably placed to form the government with its pre-poll allies though it is a few seats short of the majority mark. It no longer requires the Communists or its former partners or even the Samajwadi Party to muster a simple majority in the Lok Sabha. Well aware that it is in a position to call the shots, the Congress has already indicated that it will tap Independent members and smaller like-minded parties like the Janata Dal (SD), Ajit Singh’s Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) and Assam’s AUDF for support to make up for the shortfall instead of seeking support of the Fourth Front . “Nobody will be able to dictate terms to us this time,” said a jubiliant senior Congress leader.

However, the Congress continued to be soft towards Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, whose Janata Dal (United), swept the state.

Admitting privately that they are more comfortable dealing with Nitish Kumar as he represents the classical Lohia school of thought, Congress leaders said the Bihar leader will have to take a call on whether he wants to continue with his dependence on the Bharatiya Janata Party or branch out on his own.

While attention will turn to the nitty gritty of government formation in the coming days, the Congress was busy savouring its victory today, made possible by its massive gains in states like Kerala, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh and its unexpected performance in the other Hindi heartland states of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YSR Reddy was the real game changer as he was able to improve on his tally of 29 seats even though all other political parties were ranged against him.

“He was able to take on his opponents and buck anti-incumbency primarily because of his government’s pro-poor programmes... there is not a single rural family in the state which has not been a beneficiary of some government programme,” remarked a senior Congress leader. 

The party’s surprise comeback in Uttar Pradesh with 21 seats, where the Congress has been in the wilderness for over two decades, has proved to be a real morale booster for the grand old party as it is seen as the beginning of its revival in the Hindi heartland. 

What is even more heartening for the Congress is that the party is gradually regaining its old base with the minorities and the upper castes veering towards it. The UP performance is, however, a personal victory for All-India Congress Committee(AICC) general secretary Rahul Gandhi who had argued that isntead of going in for an unequal alliance, the Congress should fight on its own. 

In contrast to the Congress, the BJP suffered serious reverses as its tally has plummeted from 138 to 112 seats. 

However, all is not lost for the saffron party as it has held its own in Chhattisgarh and improved in Karnataka. 

Similarly, the DMK-Congress combine managed to minimize its losses in Tamil Nadu where the rival Jayalalitha-led AIADMK front was projected to sweep the polls banking on the emotive Sri Lankan Tamils issue.

This has not gone unnoticed by the Congress whose leaders admitted that the manner in which the BJP has increased its footprint is a worrying factor. “They have gained in Jharkhand and Bihar, revived in UP and consolidated its position in the south,” remarked a senior Congress leader.

PM Manmohan Singh said he would try to persuade Rahul Gandhi, scion of the Gandhi family, to join the cabinet after the ruling Congress-led coalition's win in a general election. 

"It is my wish that he should be in the cabinet. But I will have to persuade him," Singh told reporters. 

Earlier, AICC media department incharge Janardhan Dwivedi told reporters here when asked who will lead a Congress-led government at the Centre: "Manmohan Singh is our PM candidate and he will become Prime Minister. 

On projection of Rahul Gandhi as a candidate for the prime minister's post, Dwivedi said. "the PM's chair is Rahul's future and he is the future leader of the party. 

"It depends on Rahul when he will desire and when such a situation will arise. But as of now, Rahul has other priorities," he said. 

He also gave full credit to the 39-year-old scion of Nehru-Gandhi family for the party's unexpectedly good performance in Uttar Pradesh. 

"It is just the beginning", he said and predicted the end of communal and castist parties in the future. 

With the Left parties suffering a setback in their bastion West Bengal, the Congress hoped that they "will introspect whom they will remain with" and play a "different" role. 

Rahul has all 'qualities and capabilities' to be PM: Scindia 

Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia today said Rahul Gandhi should be the Prime Minister as he has all the "qualities and capabilities". 

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"I am not undermining anyone but I am saying that Rahul Gandhiji should be Prime minister. He has all the qualities and capabilities...he has actually shown that in this election...," he said. 

When asked whether Manmohan Singh should resign and Rahul become PM, he said: "I never said that. I said that it is not the aspirations of the Congress party alone, aspirations not only of the youth of the country but all people of the country that he should get to the helm." 

He said his maturity, his farsightedness and his political astuteness that he has shown in the last five years was exemplary. "That is the kind of leadership that this country was searching for." 

Making it clear that it was his personal opinion, Scindia said: "Manmohan Singhji is the prime ministerial candidate of the Congress party and absolutely once again will be the prime minster of the country. You asked for my personal opinion and I gave you my personal opinion
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