Gearing for 83rd loss?
Agence France Presse
Bangalore, April 18:
Despite losing 82 elections and his wife committing suicide, Hotte Paksha Rangaswamy, a trident-wielding Indian ascetic whose supporters stuff him with food, is ready for another run for office. Attired in saffron robes with his long salt-and-pepper hair knotted on top,
Rangaswamy -- whose first two names Hotte Paksha translate as "Belly Party" — sits in a small campaign truck with posters slamming the Congress party. He has run since 1967 in every local, state and federal election — and has not won once. "The elections are all bogus. India is not fit for democracy. The politicians are making voters beggars and swallowing millions," he said. "I am protesting the elections this way," he said.