199 losses, but India's 'Election King' keeps contesting

Mr K. Padmarajan has contested practically every kind of election held in India, whether it was presidential, municipal, parliamentary or assembly. His intention is to reinforce an important idea at the heart of any democracy - anybody should be able
Mr K. Padmarajan has contested practically every kind of election held in India, whether it was presidential, municipal, parliamentary or assembly. PHOTO: K PADMARAJAN/ FACEBOOK

He has lost 199 elections so far. But when you are Mr K. Padmarajan, each one of them is a victory, not a loss. In fact, the fewer votes he polls, the more glorious is his win.

Already recognised in India by the Limca Book of Records as the "most unsuccessful candidate", the 60-year-old homeopathic practitioner is one of the many oddball candidates participating in the ongoing Indian parliamentary elections, adding vivacity to the world's most diverse democratic exercise.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 17, 2019, with the headline '199 losses, but 'Election King' keeps contesting'. Print Edition | Subscribe