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Rangaswamy

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He was known for his penchant to contest polls

Bangalore: Hotte Paksha Rangaswamy (74), well known for his penchant to contest elections and also filing petitions in the High Court, passed away here on Sunday after a brief illness. He is survived by three sons.

Mr. Rangaswamy contested the 1967 Lok Sabha elections against the then Railway Minister Kengal Hanumanthaiya. Although he never won an election, he was a keen contestant for nearly three decades.

Guinness record

His name figures in the Guinness Book of World Records. He preferred to contest against political heavyweights like Indira Gandhi in the Chikmagalur Lok Sabha byelection of 1978, against the former Chief Minister, S.M. Krishna, in the 2004 Assembly elections when the latter decided to contest from Chamarajpet instead of Maddur.

He earned the name Hotte Paksha after he floated a political party by that name.

In the Vidhana Soudha, Mr. Rangaswamy, who carried a "trishul" in his hand to signify that he was a religious leader, was perhaps one of the few who had a direct entry into the offices of Ministers and top bureaucrats.

Prior to floating his party in the 1980s, Mr. Rangaswamy used to contest as an independent after having failed to get a ticket from any established political party.

In a condolence message, the former Chief Minister and leader of the Opposition N. Dharam Singh said he was sad over the death of Mr. Rangaswamy.

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