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Lok Sabha election results 2019: Meet the key winners

The results of the 17th Lok Sabha elections, which were held in seven phases between April 11 and May 19, were declared on Thursday. Here’s a list of all the key winners.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday thanked the people of Varanasi as he retained the seat by a margin of over 4 lakh votes. In a tweet, he said, the people of Kashi are "remarkable". He won the seat by a margin of 4,79,505 votes, defeating his nearest rival Shalini Yadav of Samajwadi Party, according to the Election Commission's website.

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BJP president Amit Shah, contested his maiden Lok Sabha election, won by a margin of over 5 lakh votes over his nearest Congress rival C J Chavda in Gandhinagar. BJP patriarch L K Advani had won from Gandhinagar by 4.83 lakh votes in 2014.

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Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad wrested the Patna Sahib seat from sitting MP Shatrughan Sinha, who had crossed over to the Congress less than two months ago. As per EC figures, Prasad won by a margin of over 2 lakh votes.

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In his first address to the nation after the Lok Sabha election results, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi conceded defeat in his home turf Amethi and congratulated BJP’s Smriti Irani. Amethi, a traditional Congress bastion, had been with the party since 1980. Irani won by a margin of more than 35,000 votes.

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Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, who won from Thiruvananthapuram, said he feels like a batsman who has scored a century while his team has lost. Tharoor won by a margin of more than 50,000 votes over his nearest rival of the BJP.

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Congress president Rahul Gandhi conceded defeat in Amethi, but is set to enter the Lok Sabha after winning the Wayanad constituency in Kerala. Gandhi also congratulated Smriti Irani on her victory in Amethi constituency in Uttar Pradesh from where he had won for three consecutive terms since 2004.

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In Azamgarh, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav won the seat against BJP candidate Dinesh Lal Yadav “Nirauha”. Considered to be the bastion of SP, the seat was won by the SP founder and Akhilesh’s father Mulayam Singh Yadav in 2014 by defeating BJP’s candidate Ramakant Yadav, who is now with the Congress.

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Cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir, who made his electoral debut from East Delhi constituency, won by a margin over 3 lakh votes. Gambhir was locked in a contest with Congress' Arvinder Singh Lovely and AAP's Atishi.

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Union minister and BJP leader Giriraj Singh retained the Begusarai seat for his party, trouncing his nearest rival Kanhaiya Kumar of the CPI by a staggering margin of over four lakh votes.

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Singer-turned-politician Hans Raj Hans won by a margin of over 5 lakh votes in the Northwest Delhi constituency. He was pitted against AAP's Gugan Singh, who is on the second position and Congress' Rajesh Lilothia at the third spot.

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Chandni Chowk, where Union minister Harsh Vardhan won`, saw the incumbent MP polling over 87,000 votes than Congress veteran J P Agarwal and AAP's Pankaj Gupta.

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M K Kanimozhi, the daughter of late DMK supremo M Karunanidhi, had a comfortable win in Thootukudi by a margin of more than a lakh votes. BJP state president Tamilisai Soundarajan, who was contesting against her, has failed to create an impact.

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Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari, who contested from the Northeast Delhi constituency against Congress veteran and former chief minister Sheila Dikshit and AAP's Dilip Pandey, was leading with a margin of over 3.54 lakh votes. Tiwari said they (BJP) were sure of victory but did not expect such a "huge" margin.

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Incumbent MP from New Delhi Meenakshi Lekhi was ahead of Congress' Ajay Maken by a margin of over 2 lakh votes.

The victory margins were massive this time. BJP's West Delhi candidate Parvesh Singh Verma broke his own record of 2014 of winning with the highest margin in Delhi.This time he won with a margin 5,78,486 votes. He was followed by North West Delhi candidate Hans Raj Hans who defeated his AAP rival Gugan Singh by a margin of 5,53,897 votes.

South Delhi's incumbent MP Ramesh Bidhuri won with a margin of over 3 lakh votes on the seat with AAP's Raghav Chadha on the second spot.

Bhojpuri actor Ravi Kishan won by a three-lakh margin in Gorakhpur, a seat won by Adityanath in 2014. "This is a victory of the truth", he said. Considered to be a prestige seat for the BJP, Chief Minister Adityanath had been a five-time MP from here since 1991.

Union Minister Babul Supriyo won the Asansol seat where he was pitted against actor and TMC candidate Moon Moon Sen.He won by a margin of nearly two lakh votes.

Union minister Kiren Rijiju won by a margin of more than 1 lakh votes against Khyoda Apik of the National People's Party (NPP) in Arunachal West Lok Sabha seat.