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Nine ministers, assembly speaker meet waterloo

December 15, 2002 17:14 IST
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Despite the saffron wave in Gujarat, at least nine ministers of the Bharatiya Janata Party, including former chief minister Suresh Mehta, and assembly speaker Dhirubhai Shah met their waterloo in the election.

Mehta, who held the industry portfolio in the caretaker government, and Shah lost from Mandvi and Rapar constituencies respectively.

Prominent losers included the high-profile Gujarat government spokesman and close associate of Narendra Modi, Purushottam Rupala from Amreli and Finance Minister Nitin Patel from Kadi.

Prohibition Minister Fakir Vaghela [Surendranagar], Irrigation Minister Babu Bokhiria [Porbander] and Minister for Labour and Employment Kanji Patel [Chikli] also lost.

Minister of State for Mines and Minerals Mulu Bera [Bhanvad], MoS Co-operation Vadibhai Patel [Gandhinagar] and MoS Panchayats Ranchhod Desai were also booted out.

Former Narmada minister Jaynarayan Vyas was also humbled from his Sidhpur constituency.

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