India elections: How did big names do?
- 16 May 2014
- From the section India
India's general elections, described as the world's biggest democratic exercise, have come to a close with results showing a comfortable win for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Many of its top leaders, including prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, have won their seats.
But several leaders of the outgoing Congress party have lost. BBC Monitoring looks at how some of the big names in the 2014 general elections fared.
Who won their seats?
Mr Modi has won the constituency of Vadodara in the western state of Gujarat and also from Varanasi in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. India's election law allows politicians to stand in two seats, but Mr Modi will now have to relinquish one of them.
Varanasi was one of the most talked-about constituencies because of the presence of Mr Modi and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal.
Mr Advani, a founding member of the BJP, held Gandhinagar in Gujarat. The veteran leader first won the seat in 1991.
The BJP president won Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh. The seat has a symbolic value for the party because it sent former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee to parliament five times between 1991 and 2004.
Despite her party being routed nationally, the Congress president retained her Rae Bareli constituency in Uttar Pradesh. Analysts say Mrs Gandhi's win is likely to be among the few bright moments for her party in the elections.
The Congress vice-president failed to inspire India's voters but he did manage to hold the Gandhi-Nehru stronghold of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh. Mr Gandhi, who has been the face of his party's campaign and won the seat in 2004 and 2009 with huge margins, secured victory against the BJP's Smriti Irani and the AAP's Kumar Vishwas - but with a narrower lead.
The Congress minister retained his Trivandrum seat in the southern state of Kerala against the BJP veteran O Rajagopal and the Left's Bennet Abraham.
The BJP's actor-turned-politician won in Chandigarh, defeating fellow actor and AAP candidate Gul Panag and the Congress party's Pawan Bansal.
The Bollywood actress secured a comfortable victory in Mathura in Uttar Pradesh against the regional Bahujan Samaj Party's Yogesh Dwivedi.
... and who lost?
A minister in the outgoing government, the Congress leader lost his Chandni Chowk seat to the BJP's Harsh Vardhan. The AAP's Ashutosh came second, leaving Mr Sibal in the third spot. This was one of the eagerly watched seats because of the three-way contest. Harsh Vardhan, the winning candidate, was the BJP's chief ministerial candidate in last year's Delhi state elections.
The Congress party's billionaire candidate from Bangalore South lost against the BJP's Ananth Kumar, former federal minister.
Mr Nilekani is the former head of Indian IT giant Infosys and is credited with making the firm a "great success story" with his colleagues. The billionaire quit Infosys in 2009 to head the federal government's ambitious project to provide a unique identification number to half of India's billion-plus people and joined the Congress party earlier in the year.
The federal minister lost his Farrukhabad seat in Uttar Pradesh. The two-time MP was beaten by regional Samajwadi Party candidate Rameshwar Singh.
The AAP leader lost his debut parliamentary election against Mr Modi in Varanasi. He had pledged to fight against Mr Modi even before polling dates were announced. Mr Kejriwal and his party will now look to assess their strategy after a humbling defeat in their first general election.
The senior BJP leader lost to the Congress party's Amarinder Singh in Amritsar, Punjab. The seat was won by the BJP's Navjot Singh Sidhu in the 2009 general elections.
The leader of the regional National Conference lost in Srinagar in Indian-administered Kashmir. Mr Abdullah was a federal minister and alliance partner of the Congress party.