Hotte Paksha Rangaswamy
() (1933 – January 7, 2007) was a political leader from the Indian
state of Karnataka
, who had a penchant for contesting elections. He is a Guinness World Records
holder for having contested the highest number of elections - he unsuccessfully did so 86 times.
His name literally translates to Rangaswamy of the Stomach Party in Kannada. This is attributed to his electoral plank of food shortage, which made him popular. He earned the name Hotte Paksha after he floated a political party by that name.
He made his electoral debut in 1967 when he contested the Lok Sabha
poll against the then railway minister Kengal Hanumanthaiah
. He fought 85 further electoral battles.
In the 1970s, he ran against Indira Gandhi
in the Chikmagalur
by-poll. He also ran against the former Indian Prime Ministers Rajiv Gandhi
and P. V. Narasimha Rao
. His final electoral battle was against former Chief minister of Karnataka S. M. Krishna
Drive against poverty
Rangaswamy released his own manifesto in 1967, made food shortage his election plank, and has been known to have sold rice at Rs.
1 a kg
during election time, peddling his wares on a bullock cart. He also went across Karnataka cycling for ths same cause. He was also known for... Read More