For these candidates contesting is what mostly matters
Meet some of the oddball candidates of the final phase of the 2019 polls, for whom participation, and not winning, is what mostly matters.
Dr Rakesh Pratap (Varanasi)
Rakesh (62 yrs) is contesting from Varanasi Lok Sabha seat as a nominee of the little known 'Bhartiya Jan Kranti Dal (Democratic)'. The former principal of Sivpati College, Soharatgarh in UP’s Siddarthnagar district wants to end corruption in politics and hence decided to contest this election. He says it's his first experience as a candidate in any election. “In the 2017 UP assembly polls, I had filed nomination papers from Soharatgarh seat. Unfortunately, my nomination paper was rejected,” he said. This time he filed his nomination from Varanasi as well as Domariyaganj Lok Sabha seats. While his nomination paper was accepted in Varanasi, it was rejected in Domariyaganj.
Hari Bhai Patel (Varanasi)
42-year-old Hari Patel is the nominee of another little known political outfit 'Aam Janata Party' from the high-profile Varanasi Lok Sabha where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in the fray. “Aam Janata Party is a registered political party. A 51-member team of our party had undertaken Bharat Yatra in 2010,” he said. He also claimed he had spent a lot of time in Gujarat doing social work. “Anyone who wants to launch a political outfit must do proper research work. We have followed this policy before launching our political outfit,” he further said.
Dr Rajesh Kumar Singh (Ghazipur)
A native of Gaddahichak in Zamania tehsil, Rajesh is contesting from Ghazipur seat as a nominee of another little known political outfit 'Bhartiya Jananayak Party'. Ghazipur is where Union minister Manoj Sinha is contesting from. “Our slogan is- Koi Sataye, Hamein Bataye (If anyone exploits you, please tell us),” Rajesh, who is a practicing Ayurvedic doctor, told ET. According to him, his party has fielded candidates in seven Lok Sabha seats of East UP. He said his organization wants to introduce a bill on Right to Promise (RTP)” in Parliament. “Many political parties do not fulfil promises they made to voters during the campaign. So, their registration must be cancelled,” he explained the concept of RTP.
Jitendra Kumar (Gorakhpur)
It's a first for 31-year-old Jitendra Kumar, a candidate from the Gorakhpur seat which UP chief Yogi Adityanath represented in the past. Jitendra is the nominee of a little known political outfit Jwala Dal. “I want to promise my voters that I would be available for them in my constituency. I will hear their problems and solve it immediately,” he said.
Acharya (Dr) Bharatbhushan Pandey (Ara)
Pandey is contesting as a nominee of Akhil Bhartiya Jansangh (ABJ) from the Ara lok Sabha seat of Bihar. This is the third time he has ensured his presence in the fray from Ara seat. “I contested from this seat in the 2009 and the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. I had bagged around 10,000 votes in 2009,” Pandey claimed. He had also contested Bihar assembly polls held in 2000, 2005 and 2010. Pandey said he was earlier associated with RSS. Pandey is also a Bhagwat katha vachak.
Ranjeet Singh alias “Ranaji” ( Buxar)
A known political face of Bihar’s Buxar district, 75-year-old Rana is contesting from Buxar Lok Sabha seat for the second time. “I had contested from this seat way back in 1980. Then, my own political outfit Bhartiya Krishi Udyog Sangh was in existence. Now, I am contesting this election as an independent,” Rana recalled. According to him, young people between the age of 20 and 35 years should mandatorily get jobs in the Central government. Rana has spent some time in the US as well.