Over 99 per cent of independent candidates failed to make it to the Lok Sabha this year, registering a negligible decrease of 0.5 per cent from the 2004 polls.
According to the Election Commission data, 99.75 per cent out of their total of 3,691 independent candidates -- including 3,491 men and 200 women -- only nine could win while the rest lost the poll battles.
The nine candidates declared winners include Kirodi Lal, who contested from Dausa (Rajasthan [ Images ]), Kalyan Singh [ Images ] from Etah in Uttar Pradesh [ Images ], Madhu Kora from Singhbhum (Jharkhand) seat, Tarun Mondal from Joynagar in West Bengal [ Images ] and Om Prakash Yadav from Siwan constituency in Bihar.
Sadashivrao Dadoba Mandlik from Kolhapur (Maharashtra [ Images ]), Digvijay Singh [ Images ] from Banka in Bihar, Inder Singh Namdhari from Chatra (Jharkhand) and Hassan Khan from Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir [ Images ] also won as independent candidates during the polls.
The highest winning margin was achieved by Kirodi Lal who won the Dausa seat by a comfortable margin of 1,37,759 votes from his nearest rival Qummer Rubbani, another independent candidate, who got 2,95,907 votes.