'Modi-wave' force celebrities, others to lose security deposit
The Modi-wave has come down heavily upon all other Bollywood celebrities, who have not only faced humiliating defeat but also failed to save their security deposits in the 16th Lok Sabha elections from Uttar Pradesh.
The outcoming of the general election came as a huge disappointment to Raj Babbar (Ghaziabad), Jaya Prada (Bijnore), Javed Jafri (Lucknow), Nagma (Meerut) and cricketer Mohammad Kaif (Phulpur).
Bollywood actor Hema Malini, however, was an exception as she was the BJP candidate. She received 5,74,633 votes and defeated her nearest rival Jayant Chaudhary of the RLD by a huge margin of votes.
Congress candidate and actor Raj Babbar received only 1,91,222 votes in Ghaziabad parliamentary constituency and lost his security deposit. He was defeated by BJP's Vijay Kumar Singh who polled 7,58,482 votes.
Bollywood actor Nagma received just 42,911 votes in Meerut and lost her security deposit. Similarly, Ajay Agarwal of BJP received just 1,73,721 votes in Rae Bareli.
In Lucknow, Bollywood star and AAP candidate Javed Jafiri received only 41,429 votes, thus losing his security deposit.
Abhishek Mishra of SP and Nakul Dubey of BSP also failed to save their security amount from Lucknow parliamentary constituency.
Bollywood star and RLD candidate Jaya Prada bagged 24,348 votes, while cricketer Mohammad Kaif faced defeat as Congress candidate from Phulpur constituency.
Kumar Vishwas of AAP got 25,527 votes and faced a humiliating defeat in Amethi Lok Sabha seat.
Interestingly, a large number of candidates of the Congress, the Samajwadi Party, the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Aam Admi Party failed to secure their sureties.
Ajay Rai, who contested the polls as the Congress candidate from the prestigious Varanasi Lok Sabha seat, received only 75,614 votes and lost his security deposit badly. Interestingly, the Afzal Ansari-led Quami Ekta Dal had supported Ajay Rai.
Vijay Prakash Jaiswal of the BSP was also amongst the other candidates who failed to save their security amount.
He bagged only 60,579 votes.
Notably, the Lok Sabha seats where victory margin remained high witnessed the forfeiture of the maximum number of the candidates.
AAP candidate Adarsh Shastri, who is the grandson of former prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri and son of former union minister Anil Shastri, bagged just 6,439 votes and lost his security deposit.
The other candidates, who fall in this category, included Mohammad Ayub of Peace Party from Dumariyaganj Lok Sabha seat. Uttar Pradesh Congress president Nirmal Khatri lost from Faizabad, while Congress candidate and union minister Salman Khurshid received only 95,543 votes in Farrukhabad seat.
Amar Singh of RLD lost his security deposit from Fatehpur Sikri Lok Sabha seat, while Beni Prasad Verma of Congress lost from Gonda.
Security deposit is an amount which the candidate deposits during filing his nomination papers. If the candidate fails to get a minimum of 1/6th of the total valid votes polled the deposit goes to the treasury.
The candidates contesting the Lok Sabha election from general seats have to pay Rs 25,000 as security deposit, while the amount is just 50 per cent for the candidates contesting from the reserved seats.
As per the previous trend, in general election of 1951, the total number of contesting candidates in the country stood at 1874 of which 745 candidates lost their deposits (39.75 per cent). In 1957 it was slightly down to 32.52 per cent with 494 candidates losing their deposits of all the 1,519 contesting candidates.
By 1984 general elections the number of candidates forfeiting their deposits had gone up to 80.25 per cent. Of the total number of 5,312 candidates 4,263 lost their deposits.
The highest number of deposit forfeitures was seen during the general elections of 1996 when 90.94 per cent of candidates lost their deposits. In 1996, 12,688 candidates lost their deposits of all 13,952 in the fray.
In 1998 the number of candidates that lost their deposits slid down to 3,486 (73.38 per cent) out of total 4750. In 1999 the number of candidates forfeiting their deposits was 3,400 (73.14 per cent) from 4,648. Likewise in 2004, 4,218 (77.61 per cent) out of 5,435 contenders lost their deposits.
Interestingly, in 2009 Lok Sabha election, 6,829 (84.62 per cent) of all 8,070 candidates did not save their deposits.
(Posted on 17-05-2014)