Meet a candidate who aims to lose maximum number of elections and enter the Guinness Book of Records for that.
K. Padmarajan (52), a homeopathy practitioner and tube vulcanising shop owner from Mettur in Salem has filed his nomination papers to contest from Kolathur constituency in Chennai against Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin.
Mr. Padmarajan, who claims this is the 121st time he is filing his nomination in 23 years, has contested both the Assembly and Parliamentary elections against top politicians, including M. Karunanidhi (in Chepauk, 2006), Jayalalithaa (Bargur, 1996 and Andipatti, 2001), A.K. Anthony and P.V.Narasimha Rao in different parts of the country.
“I know I don't stand a chance against the bigwigs therefore I don't even campaign. But my goal is to enter the Guinness Book of Records as most the candidate who has contested and lost most number of times,” he adds.
Anyone can contest
Mr. Padmarajan who says he also wants to show that anyone can contest elections, started contesting elections in 1988 in Mettur after being inspired by his friend and mentor Veerappa Goundar who passed away a decade after contesting 39 elections including one against former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
The contestant is expecting his Guinness dream to come true shortly. “I have received a note from the Guinness committee recognising my feet. In no time I will be awarded the Guinness for the most number of losses in elections,” confidently adds Mr. Padmarajan who has entered the Limca Book of Records in 2003.
His next stop is the Kadapa constituency in Andhra Pradesh for which he will file nomination papers to constant against Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy.
Keywords: Tamil Nadu Assembly polls