Elections 2014: Salman Khurshid, Medha Patkar, Yogendra Yadav among prominent faces to lose deposit New Delhi: Many prominent leaders from Congress and Aam Aadmi Party, including Salman Khurshid, Mani Shankar Aiyar, Raj Babbar, Kumar Vishwas and Shazia Ilmi could not manage to win enough votes to save their deposits. AAP's vociferous leader Kumar Vishwas, who fought against Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and BJP's Smriti Irani in Amethi, ended at fourth position winning just 25,527 votes, accounting for about 3 per cent of over 8.74 lakh (total) votes polled. For Lok Sabha elections, general category candidates are required to deposit Rs 25,000 and to get this amount refunded, one should get at least one-sixth or 16.66 per cent of the total valid votes polled in the constituency. Scheduled caste and tribes candidate are required to deposit only half of the amount. Political scientist and AAP's candidate from Gurgaon Yogendra Yadav too lost deposit. Ilmi stood at fifth position in Ghaziabad against BJP candidate and former army chief V K Singh by managing 89,147, which was 6 per cent of total votes polled. Even Congress candidate from the constituency Babbar managed to get 14 per cent of total votes polled and lost his deposit. Congress leader and former External Affairs Minister Khurshid also lost his deposit as he could win only about 10 per cent of total votes. Ajay Rai, who was Congress' candidate in the high-profile fight in Varanasi against BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal, managed to get about 7 per cent votes. Other prominent face of Congress in Uttar Pradesh who lost deposits include former Minister of State for Human Resource Jitin Prasada, cricketer Mohd Kaif and actors Nagma and Ravi Kishan. A random check of several constituencies showed more voters preferred None of The Above (NOTA) option over AAP candidates. Aiyar, who contested from Mayiladuthurai seat, polled less than 6 per cent votes. Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram's son and debutant Karti P Chidambaram stood fourth after garnering about 10 per cent of total votes and could not save his deposit. In Delhi, where BJP swept all 7 seats, Congress candidates lost deposit in four constituencies - Mahabal Mishra from Delhi West, Krishna Tirath from Delhi North West, Jai Prakash Agarwal from Delhi North East and Ramesh Kumar from South Delhi. AAP candidates were able to give some fight in Delhi and Punjab but lost deposits at most of the seats in other states. Adarsh Shastri, grandson of former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, could not save his deposit in Allahabad. He had left his job in technology major Apple to join AAP. The party's candidate in Nilgiris M T Rani against former telecom minister and 2G scam accused A Raja lost his deposit and got only 12,525 votes compared to 46,559 NOTA votes. Raja lost to AIADMK candidate C Goplakrishnan. Social activists and AAP candidates Medha Patkar and Anjali Damania lost deposits in Maharashtra so did banker-turned-politician Meera Sanyal of AAP. Some prominent faces from Bollywood who lost their deposit include producer and actor Mahesh Manjrekar, who contested on Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) ticket from North West Mumbai, and actor Javed Jafri, who was the AAP candidate from Lucknow. ************************************************** I am delighted that these pseudo intellectuals and fraudulent activists have lost their deposit i.e. they were not even considered fit by the electorate to stand for election and instead taken to be the fraud and pretenders they are. I am totally delighted that Khrushed lost. I was aghast at his shameless when Operation Dhritrashtra, the investigation conducted by TV news channel Aaj Tak exposed financial misappropriation by an NGO run by him and his wife Louise for the betterment of handicap people. I could not believe that the maternal grandson of Zakir Hussain, the third President of India could stoop so low when he claimed being high born and educated at St Edmund Hall, Oxford University, Oxford, U.K and having taught as Lecturer in Law at Trinity College, Oxford. Another fraud like Mani Shankar Aiyer and thier â€˜impeccableâ€™ educational â€˜tailâ€™. The latter, a detestable disgrace to public school grooming too lost his deposit, and that too from a Congress stronghold, which he replicated from the last time, but this time Mani Shankarâ€™s luck has run out, he cannot sneak into the Parliament as he did that last time with Presidential patronage. The man should realise he is past the expiry date. I feel sorry for the AAP Johnny Come Latelies fellow losing their deposit. They were starry eyed but not so useless as the other â€˜stalwartâ€™ to lose their deposits. I actually liked them. Raju, that is the Babbar man losing his deposit does not bring tears to my eye. He can now eat his daily meal at Rs 11 on the beaches of Bombay and his bank accounts should be frozen so that he proves its feasible or he eats his words to remain healthy, and wise. Medha Patakar? Good that she lost her deposit. She makes it a profession to milk the woes of the common people. One wonders who sponsors her forays into such causes? It is not a free lunch to be an activist, even if it is a pseudo activism. Good that Anjali Damani also lost her deposit. She was too big for her boots! I am glad that Yogi the Bear has eaten dust. His Goody Two Shoes act was getting on the nerves. As a Psephology â€˜guruâ€™ he was a failure and inspite of all the bravado and false courage and posturing, he has proved to be a failure in politics too! Could he not as a psephlogist not foresee his fate? Chidambaram and Tiwari were clever and had connection that allowed them to bolt into the blue. Chidambaram saved his face by fielding his son who lost his deposit, which would have been the fate of this arrogant coot who has made Indian economy bite the dust and bring misery to the multitude of Indians. Manjrekar losing is good as also that chap Jaffri. The former is too arrogant to think he is some â€˜intellectualâ€™, and Jaffri proved his worth as a joker which is his profession, I believe.