It all began in 1988 when Dr. K. Padmarajan decided to file his nomination papers for an election, and since then has not stopped doing that. And the 55-year-old homoeopath-turned-businessman is celebrating the silver jubilee year of his unusual hobby of filing nominations. He has filed nomination papers against prime ministers, Central ministers, chief ministers, and even contested the presidential polls.
Dr. Padmarajan, who has a successful tyre retreading business at Raman Nagar at Mettur in Salem district of Tamil Nadu, no longer practises homoeopathy.
He has filed nomination papers against the former Presidents K.R. Narayanan (1997), A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (2002) and Pratibha Patil (2007)Vice-President Hamid Ansari (2007), the former Prime Ministers Atal Bihari Vajpayee (2004) and P.V. Narasimha Rao (1996), Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (2007- Rajya Sabha), and several Central and State Ministers. He has filed nomination papers in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka, and in New Delhi.
Dr. Padmarajan has filed nomination papers against M. Karunanidhi, Jayalalithaa, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, K. Karunakaran, S.M. Krishna and S. Bangarappa, among others. He filed his nomination papers against B.S. Yeddyurappa in the 2007 election, and on Friday he filed his papers against Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar from the Hubli-Dharwad Central Assembly constituency.
This unusual hobby has gained him an entry into the Limca Book of Records and he also applied for a Guinness record.
Amused by his hobby, the Returning Officer and HDMC Commissioner Y.S. Patil spent some time going through newspaper clippings about Dr. Padmarajan before receiving his nominations papers.
Coming out of the office of the returning officer, Dr. Padmarajan declared that he had so far lost Rs. 12 lakh (deposit money) and said that he would not stop filing nomination papers.
Some of his nomination papers have been rejected on technical grounds, but that has not stopped him from pursuing his hobby.
What makes Dr. Padmarajan who prefers to call himself “all-India election king” to file nomination papers?
“It is for the record, sir” he told this correspondent.
This ‘all-India election king’, a homoeopath-turned-businessman, is into the silver jubilee of his hobby