LS Elections 2024: Meet K Padmarajan, Candidate Set To Contest From TN's Dharmapuri Despite 238 Defeats


(MENAFN- AsiaNet News) The 'Election King,' 65-year-old K Padmarajan of Salem, Tamil Nadu, who owns a tire repair shop, is returning to politics as a contender for the Dharmapuri parliamentary seat.
Padmarajan has an extraordinary track record of contesting elections, having participated in a staggering 238 elections, including Panchayat elections and even Presidential elections, but has never won.

Padmarajan has lost many times, but he doesn't give up because he thinks everyone should be able to run for office in a democracy. Due to his perseverance, he has been recognized as the most unsuccessful candidate in election history by the Limca Book of Records, Asia Book of Records, and Delhi Book of Records.

When asked about his repeated participation in the polls over the years, Padmarajan said,“All candidates seek victory in elections, Not me.”

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“Victory is secondary,” he said.“Who is the opposite candidate? I do not care.”

Speaking to the media, he said, "So far, I have contested against Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, LK Advani, DMK Chief Karunanidhi, AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa, BS Yediyurappa. I don't want to win elections, I only want to lose. Success can only be experienced once. Failure can be persistent. I have contested all the elections including presidential elections, corporation and ward elections. After this also, I will contest in elections."

Having spent approximately Rs 1 crore on election expenses, Padmarajan remains committed to his cause, using the earnings from his tyre repair shop to fund his campaign.
Padmarajan's spirit remained unfazed after being kidnapped in Andhra Pradesh in 1991 during his campaign against Narasimha Rao; he is still an advocate for raising public understanding of the democratic process.

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