India is a nation with the largest number of political parties in the world. While some politicians became leaders ironically because of their surnames, others pushed themselves through political ranks by hook or crook. Many politicians became legends during or after their lifetime while many others hit rock bottom. Listed below are the top 10 Indian politicians who suffered massive downfall.
10. Abhishek Manu Singhvi:
Mired in the Sex Tape controversy in 2012, Abhishek Manu Singhvi belongs to the Indian National Congress and is a Member Parliament (MP) representing the state of Rajasthan in the Rajya Sabha. Building years of trust and reputation, the minister lost his clout in his party when his alleged case of intimacy with a senior lawyer came to light. Although the minister claimed that the CD was a forged one, and his driver had played fool with him, the taint was enough to disrepute him for life.
9. Jaya Prada:
Actor turned politician Jaya Prada has seen many upheavals in her career as a politician. She launched her political career with the Telugu Desam Party, under the leadership of N.T. Rama Rao. She quickly rose through the ranks, but when Rao lost his health, she joined the more lucrative faction of the party headed by Rao’s son-in-law, Chandrababu Naidu. Following differences with Naidu, she quit the party, and joined Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh, and contested from Rampur constituency of the state, which she won. After this she was continuously mired in many controversies like the ‘bindi’ episode. She also alleged that senior party member Azam Khan was distributing nude pictures of her. In 2010 she was expelled from the party for her relentless support to party General Secretary, Amar Singh.
8. A Raja:
An influential politician from the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), A. Raja is one of the main accused in the high profile 2G spectrum scam who gave a bad name to India on the political landscape. Considered to be one of the largest corruption cases against a politician, it was alleged that Raja was heading the telecommunication and IT ministry during 2008 when telecommunication bandwidth was sold to certain organizations at prices that were far below the market value. In fact the total loss incurred by the government due to this under-pricing stood at Rs. 1.76 lakh crore according to the CAG. It was finally in February 2012 that A. Raja along with two other close aids, R.K. Chandolia, and Siddhartha Behura was arrested by the CBI.
7. George Fernandes:
The founder of Samata Party, George Fernandes was once counted among one of the most respected Indian politicians. Around 60 years ago, George headed to Bangalore to become a priest but ended up joining the socialist trade union movement. In a long political career, he got the opportunity to head several ministries including defence, communications railways and industry. An ever growing political personality, George suddenly lost credibility and command among political leaders when his name came up in the Tehelka Scandal and the Barak Missle Scandal. George was forced to resign as Defence Minister. Although he was later cleared by a judicial commission, George remains a shadowy figure of his earlier self ever since Alzhiemer’s and Parkinson’s diseases caught up with him.
6. Ashok Chavan:
Ashok Chavan, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra from December 2008 till November 2010, was allegedly named as one of the 13 people involved in the Adarsh Housing Society Scam. Chavan was accused of nepotism. He allotted two flats in the Adarsh Housing Society to his close relatives, despite the fact that the society was primarily built for the war widows. After the charges were levied against him, he was summoned to Delhi where he submitted his resignation. When tried by a judicial panel of two judges, he told them he only signed the letter of intent in good faith. No matter how much blame shifting took place in the scam, it did permanently taint the image of the Ashok Chavan.
5. Madhu Koda:
Madhu Koda, the former Chief Minister of Jharkhand, was forced to tender his resignation when he was mired in controversy over money laundering from various sources. He was the person who was new on the political stage and got to become the CM in few years. He continued to win even when he was denied ticket by BJP and continued to shock everyone with his rapid advance in politics. It was after his home and office were raided that he was finally charged with laundering a whopping Rs. 4,000 crore. The speeding politician thus came to a halt.
4. Ajit Jogi:
He was the first chief minister of newly carved out Chhattisgarh. A Congress leader, Ajit Jogi is an engineer by qualification. He cleared the prestigious exam of IAS but finally went on to join politics. Unlike most other leaders in this list, Ajit did not create too many troubles for himself. His son, however, was charged with attempt to murder and bribing. Ajit Jogi was restricted to a wheelchair in 2004 when he got injured in a car accident. A could-be national Congress leader, Jogi has perhaps lived his share of active political life.
3. Narasimha Rao:
Narasimha Rao, a lawyer and senior congress leader was largely responsible for dismantling the diseased License Raj during his time as the 9th Prime Minister of India. While many economists and intellectuals refer to him as the Father of Indian Economic Reforms, millions of Indians still remember as a tainted Prime Minister who used the office to this advantage. Rao was chargesheeted by the CBI in 1996 but he was acquitted due to lack of evidence. Rao faced numerous financial difficulties in his life after he stepped down as Congress president until his death in the year 2004.
2. Amar Singh:
Once upon a time, Samajwadi Party’s Amar Singh happened to be a mighty figure in the Indian political arena. He was elected to the Upper House many times, probably because of his solid political contacts. His list of ‘close friends’ included the likes of Anil Ambani and Amitabh Bachchan. Amar Singh was one of the most resourceful men in the world of business and politics until he was dragged into the cash-for-votes scam. The worse came when he fell out with his own party, and was ousted. Today, he is more like a worthless and wounded war-horse.
1. Lalu Prasad Yadav:
Lalu Prasad Yadav is undoubtedly one of the most intriguing Indian politicians. Every-time he speaks, someone laughs out loud. Even if the audience of thousands thinks that Lalu’s speech or statements have little or no substance, he continues nonetheless. Lalu first entered politics after he participated in Jayprakash Narayan’s movement in late 1970s. He emerged as the champion of poverty stricken people of Bihar and ruled the state for 15 long years. During his tenure as the chief minister, the condition of people just got worse. Lalu was pulled into a controversy when the CAG unearthed the fodder scam in 1996. Lalu Yadav got kicked out of JDU and formed his own party – the RJD. Lalu played several master-strokes in the next one decade but lost power and fame to Nitish Kumar.