After former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated in 1991, the names of Pranab Mukherjee, Sharad Pawar and P V Narasimha Rao were considered by the Congress as the likely replacements. It was Rao who eventually won the race, and he became the country's prime minister after his party cornered the largest number of seats in the Lok Sabha. Mr Pawar, then only 51, was appointed the defence minister.
One of India's most capricious politicians, Mamata Banerjee, could be key to the country's future government.
After Sushma Swaraj replaced LK Advani as Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha in 2009, there were many who thought that being decreed as the BJP's prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 general election would be the next logical step.
Actor Nagma's debut in electoral politics has been rough. The Congress candidate from Meerut in Uttar Pradesh has been seen on camera being pushed at and manhandled by unruly crowds and even a Congress legislator, though she now denies facing any harassment at all.
Smriti Irani, one of the most vociferous backers of Narendra Modi, is his party's candidate from Amethi, where she will take on Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi.
In 1995, at the age of 39, Mayawati became the first Dalit chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. Nineteen years later, as her party, the Bahujan Samaj Party, or the BSP, gears up for the Lok Sabha polls beginning next month, she is hoping fervently that the election throws up a badly fractured mandate to enable her to realize her dream of becoming the country's next prime minister.
After senior Janata Dal leader and former Odisha chief minister Biju Patnaik passed away in 1997, his younger son Naveen was anointed as his political heir. A writer and a connoisseur of arts, he was, at first, reluctant to take over his father's mantle, but was eventually persuaded to fill the vacuum that had been created.
BJP president Rajnath Singh, the joke in the party goes, does not take a single step without the advice of his resident-astrologer.
For the BJP, March 29, 1999 is a date it would not like to forget easily. A tea-party organized by Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy in the capital's Ashoka Hotel had on its guest-list Congress president Sonia Gandhi and J Jayalalithaa, whose AIADMK was a constituent of the NDA government at the Centre.
Rangana Herath, five wickets for three runs against New Zealand in the ICC World Twenty20, produced the third best figures in T20Is. The Sri Lankan has 217 Test wickets too.
47 years after making his debut in electoral politics as an independent, ex-union minister Jaswant Singh has once again entered the race for Lok Sabha as an independent.
Mr Kumar's decision to sever his relations with the BJP and his failure to secure a partnership with the Congress has placed him in a delicate position.
Mr Gadkari has been plotting his rehabilitation, leveraging his clout with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) to good effect.
The BJP announced in September last year that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi would be its candidate for prime minister. It did so despite stiff opposition from party heavyweight LK Advani. In the months since, Mr Advani and others who have been seen as anti-Modi have either fallen in line or by the wayside.
Last year, Rahul Gandhi, was formally elevated to the role of Congress vice-president. That elevation was inevitable; Congress leaders said it was just a matter of when. He is the great grandson of India's first Prime Minister, the grandson of its first woman Prime Minister, the son of its youngest Prime Minister and also of the party's longest-serving chief, Sonia.