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A one-man crusade

By Our Staff Reporter

BANGALORE, MARCH 25. He has never won an election, but ever since he first contested in 1967, `Hotte Paksha' Rangaswamy has never missed filing his nomination papers for every general election, and found his way into the Guinness Book of Records.

In 2004, Mr. Rangaswamy was the first to file his nomination papers for the Bangalore South Lok Sabha constituency. The man who released his own manifesto back in 1967, made food shortage his election plank, and has been known to have sold rice at Re. 1 a kg during election time, peddling his wares on a bullock cart.

`Hotte Paksha' Rangaswamy, with his trident and matted locks, is a familiar sight in the Vidhana Soudha, soaking up the political and bureaucratic vibes in the corridors of power. These days, he wants to be known as Swami Ranganathapuri, of Kishkindha Ashram in Ayodhya.

The man, who is also known for his proclivity for filing public interest litigation petitions, has now inspired his son, `Hotte Paksha' Rajendra Prasad to take after him. He is a candidate for the Shivajinagar Assembly seat this time.

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