51 out of 131 MPs from South are debutants; Congress’ Sasikanth Senthil wins with over 5 lakh margin

The five South Indian states and 2 UTs elected 51 first-time MPs. Former IAS officer Sasikanth Senthil won with the highest margin.

ByNolan Patrick Pinto

Published Jun 07, 2024 | 5:14 PM Updated Jun 07, 2024 | 5:45 PM

S Sasikanth Senthil, will be fighting the Lok Sabha election from Tiruvallur Parliamentary Constituency in Tamil Nadu (supplied)

Following the 2024 Lok Sabha election results, several new faces have emerged victorious, marking their entry into the Indian Parliament.

These first-time MPs have not only won their respective seats but have also managed to secure significant margins, showcasing strong support from their constituencies.

The five South Indian states witnessed the emergence of 51 first-time MPs — 16 in Karnataka, 14 in Tamil Nadu, 13 in Andhra Pradesh, five in Telangana and three in Kerala — and here is a detailed look at some of them.

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In Telangana, the BJP saw notable victories, including that of first-time MP Madhavaneni Raghunandan Rao winning the Medak seat by a margin of 39,139 votes against Neelam Madhu of the Congress.

Additionally, BJP national vice-president Aruna DK won the Mahbubnagar seat by a narrower margin of 4,500 votes, defeating Challa Vamshi Chand Reddy of the Congress.

Mahbubnagar is also Telangana Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy’s home district.

Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu witnessed a strong performance by the DMK, with Mani A winning the Dharmapuri seat by a margin of 21,300 votes against Sowmiya Anbumani of the Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK).

Tharaniventhan MS secured the Arani seat with an impressive margin of 208,766 votes over Gajendran GV of the AIADMK.

Other notable DMK victories include Eswarasamy K in Pollachi (margin of 252,042), Arun Nehru, son of Municipal Administration Minister KN Nehru, in Perambalur (margin of 389,107), and Murasoli S in Thanjavur (margin of 319,583).

In Theni, Thanga Tamilselvan of the DMK won by a margin of 278,825 votes against TTV Dhinakaran of Amma Makkal Munnettra Kazagam (AMMK).

Tamilselvan had resigned as MLA of Andipatti in 2001 to enable the then chief minister J Jayalalithaa to contest from there and was associated with the AIADMK for a long time before joining the DMK.

Dr Rani Sri Kumar also of the DMK, won Tenkasi with a margin of 196,199 votes over Dr K Krishnasamy (AIADMK).

Meanwhile, former bureaucrat Sasikanth Senthil of the Congress secured Tiruvallur with a substantial margin of 5,72,155 votes against Balaganapathy V Pon of the BJP.

Other notable first-time winners include Gopinath K (Congress) in Krishnagiri (margin of 192,486), Sudha R in Mayiladuthurai (margin of 271,183), and Robert Bruce C, vice presidents of the Tamil Nadu Congress unit in Tirunelveli (margin of 165,620).

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Andhra Pradesh

The TDP also saw significant first-timer wins in Andhra Pradesh. Appalanaidu Kalisetti won the Vizianagaram seat by 249,351 votes against Bellana Chandrasekhar of the YSRCP.

Sribharat Mathukumilli secured a landslide victory in Visakhapatnam with a margin of 504,247 votes, defeating Jhansi Lakshmi Botcha of the YSRCP.

Sribharat is the President of GITAM (Deemed to be University), established in 1980 in Visakhapatnam and is also the son-in-law of actor-politician Nandamuri Balakrishna, the son of TDP founder NT Rama Rao.

GM Harish (Balayogi) won the Amalapuram seat with 342,196 votes, and Putta Mahesh Kumar won in Eluru with 181,857 votes, both defeating YSRCP candidates.

Dr Chandra Sekhar Pemmasani triumphed in Guntur with a margin of 344,695 votes over Kilari Venkata Rosaiah of the YSRCP, while Krishna Prasad Tenneti secured Bapatla (SC) with 208,031 votes against Nandigam Suresh Babu (YSRCP).

In Nandyal, Dr Byreddy Shabari won by 111,975 votes against Pocha Brahmananda Reddy (YSRCP), and Bastipati Nagaraju Panchalingala secured Kurnoolu by 111,298 votes over BY Ramaiah (YSRCP).

Ambica G Lakshminarayana Valmiki clinched Ananthapur with a margin of 188,555 votes, defeating Malagundla Sankar Narayana (YSRCP), while BK Parthasarathi won Hindupur with 132,427 votes against J Shantha (YSRCP).


In Kerala, Congress candidate Shafi Parambil who contested for the UDF won the Vadakara seat with a margin of 114,506 votes, defeating KK Shailaja of the CPI(M).

State Minister K Radhakrishnan of the CPI(M) secured the Alathur seat by 20,111 votes against Ramya Haridas (Congress).

Suresh Gopi of the BJP won Thrissur by 74,686 votes, defeating Advocate VS Sunilkumar (CPI). This is also the first ever Parliament seat for the BJP in Kerala.

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In Karnataka, former chief minister Jagadish Shettar of the BJP won the Belagavi seat with a margin of 178,437 votes against Mrinal R Hebbalkar (Congress).

Priyanka Jarkiholi, daughter of PWD Minister Satish Jarkiholi of the Congress secured Chikkodi with a margin of 90,834 votes over Annasaheb Shankar Jolle (BJP).

She also became the youngest tribal woman to enter the Lok Sabha from an unreserved seat in Karnataka. Sagar Khandre (Congress) won Bidar by 128,875 votes against Bhagwanth Khuba (BJP). Sagar is the son of Minister Eshwar Khandre.

Former bureaucrat G Kumar Naik (Congress) secured Raichur (ST) by 79,781 votes against Raja Amareshwara Naik (BJP). Naik is a 1990 Karnataka cadre IAS officer.

Rajashekar Hitnal of the Congress won the Koppal seat with a margin of 46,357 votes, defeating Dr Basavaraj K. Sharanappa (BJP).

E Tukaram (Congress) secured Ballari (ST) by 98,992 votes against B Sreeramulu (BJP), while Captain Brijesh Chowta of the BJP won Dakshina Kannada by 149,208 votes against Padmaraj R Poojary (Congress).

In Mysuru, Yaduveer KC Wadiyar (BJP) won by 139,262 votes against M Lakshmana (Congress), and Shreyas Patel (Congress) secured Hassan with 42,649 votes over Prajwal Revanna (JD(S)).

Sunil Bose of the Congress triumphed in Chamarajanagar with a margin of 188,706 votes against Balaraj S (BJP).

Bangalore Rural saw Dr CN Manjunath of the BJP winning by 269,647 votes against DK Suresh (Congress), and Mallesh Babu (JD(S)) secured Kolar by 71,388 votes against K.V. Gowtham (INC).

In Gulbarga, Radhakrishna Doddamani (Congress) won by 27,205 votes against Dr Umesh G Jadhav (BJP), and Dr Prabha Mallikarjun (Congress) secured Davanagere by 26,094 votes against Gayathri Siddeshwara (BJP).

Govind Karjol (BJP) won the Chitradurga (SC) seat by 48,121 votes against BN Chandrappa (Congress).

Former chief minister Basavaraj Bommai (BJP) also tasted success in his maiden attempt to enter the Lok Sabha. He registered a victory by a margin of 43,513 votes over his rival in Haveri.

These first-time MPs from the South with their significant margins of victory, represent a fresh wave of leadership and have a strong mandate to bring about change in their respective constituencies.

The detailed 2024 Lok Saba election results can be accessed here.

(Edited by Muhammed Fazil)