Politicians of the Doon School-June 2019

After the dust had died down from the general elections of 2019, we take a roll call of persons connected with the Doon School who are active members of Parliament and Assemblies today.

Elected to Lok Sabha:

Rahul Gandhi (INC, Kerala, Waynad)

Dushyant Singh (BJP, Rajasthan, Jhalawar-Baran)

Nakul Nath (INC, MP, Chhindwara); first-timer

The highest victory margin was by Dushyant Singh (4.54 lakh) followed by Rahul Gandhi (4.31 lakh).

Incumbents who lost in Lok Sabha elections:

Rahul Gandhi (INC, UP, Amethi)

Jyoti Scindia (INC, MP, Guna)

Kalikesh Deo (BJD, OR, Bolangir)

Bharatendra Singh (BJP, UP, Bijnor)

Raghav Lakhanpal (BJP, UP, Saharanpur)

The smallest margins of loss were by Kalikesh Deo (0.19 lakh), and Raghav Lakhanpal (0.22 lakh).

At least two formerly prominent MPs from UP lost their deposits as they failed to cross the 1/6 threshold.

Elected to Vidhan Sabha:

Naveen Patnaik (BJP, OR); continues as CM since 2000.

Kamal Nath (INC, MP); By election; continues as CM since 2018. Was in Lok Sabha until recently.

Also in Vidhan Sabha:

Amarinder Singh (INC, PB): continues as CM since 2017.

Manpreet Badal (INC, PB): continues as state finance minister.

Jaivardhan Singh (INC, MP)

(and a few others who are lesser known).

Current Rajya Sabha members:

None.

Another interesting sideline is to look at close relatives of Doon School alumni. These include non-alumni who are parents, spouses, siblings and children of alumni.

Elected to Lok Sabha:

Preneet Kaur (INC, PB, Patiala)

Harsimrat Kaur Badal (SAD, PB, Bathinda); continues as Minister of State

Jagdambika Pal (BJP, UP, Domariyaganj)

Varun Gandhi (BJP, UP, Pilibhit)

Sonia Gandhi (INC, UP, Rae Bareli)

Maneka Gandhi (BJP, UP, Sultanpur)

Diya Kumari (BJP, RJ, Rajsamand); first-timer

The highest winning margin was 5.52 lakh by Diya Kumari.

Incumbents who lost:

Moon Moon Sen (Mrs Dev Varma), (TMC, Asansol, WB)

Current Rajya Sabha Members:

RK Sinha (BJP, BH)

Ahmed Patel (INC, GJ)

Digvijaya Singh (INC, MP); former CM

PL Punia (INC, UP)

Also in Vidhan Sabha:

Vasundhara Raje (BJP, RJ); former CM and Lok Sabha member.

and a few others who are lesser known.

Also note: Of the above relatives, those who studied at well-known schools include Maneka Gandhi (Sanawar) and Digvijaya Singh (Daly).

There is a BJP MP from RJ named Gajendra Singh Shekhawat. He is not the same as our Gajendra Singh Khimsar who was an MLA and state minister in RJ until recently.