At a time when everybody in the presidential poll is playing to win, a candidate like Narendra Nath Dubey comes as a breath of fresh air. Yet another defeat in the 2012 presidential election will take Dubey a step closer to his most-cherished dream – his name in the Guinness Book of World Records for losing the most polls.
A regular on the electoral scene since 1984, Varanasi-based Dubey takes defeat with a pinch of pride – so much that he has even added Adig (meaning, defeat) to his name. And to say that he is successful at his task would be an understatement – Dubey bagged zero votes in this year’s UP assembly polls, which goes to say that he did not even vote for himself. Till now, he has lost over 40 elections – including three presidential polls.
Armed with a stone-cold resolve to achieve his dream, Dubey started preparing for the presidential election even before major political groups like the UPA and NDA began scouting for potential candidates. As chief of the little-known National Raksha Adhikar Manch, he started approaching legislators from February this year – getting enough signatures for his nomination papers by June 12.
“I don’t know who all have signed,” Dubey disclosed to HT in a whisper, a few hours after filing his nomination. Most of his proposers and seconders are legislators from Maharashtra.
Dubey is among the four persons who filed nominations papers for the presidential election. But he is the only one whose papers have been proposed and seconded by sitting members of the electoral college – a prerequisite for nomination acceptance.
A veteran at the game, Dubey’s age is a mystery. His age on the electoral certificate, submitted to the Rajya Sabha returning office, is 39. But that is surprising, considering that he has been contesting in polls since 1984, and the minimum age for participating in the legislative elections is 25. “I stopped counting my age after my 22nd birthday,” he admitted.
Elections, however, will continue to be a part of his life until the very end.