Octogenarian, Who Lost 29 Polls, In The Fray For Two Lok Sabha Seats

Bhubaneswar: An 83-year-old homoeopathy practitioner from Odisha’s Berhampur city has taken part in the ‘festival of democracy’, contesting both parliamentary and assembly polls since the past 62 years.

Each time, he lost the polls as well as the security deposits by bagging less than 10% of total votes polled.

Still the uninterrupted sequence of defeats has not deterred K Shyam Babu Subudhi to file his nomination papers in 2019 Lok Sabha and assembly polls.

In all, he has lost 29 elections both in Lok Sabha and assembly since he had entered into poll arena way back in 1957.

Subudhi, for whom fighting elections is apparently a favourite pastime, is fighting polls in two Parliamentary constituencies- Berhampur and Aska- this time..

Subudhi debuted in poll arena from Hinjili assembly segment in 1957 against political stalwart Brundaban Nayak. Expectedly he had lost the polls then. Since then, Subudhi has contested poll battle with political heavyweights including former Prime Minister P V Narsimha Rao, former Chief Ministers Biju Patnaik and J B Patnaik in different polls.

Without any vehicle or cut-outs for him, Subudhi uses his bicycle for local campaigning and for far-off areas he takes trains or buses.

“I also campaign in the train and bus when I travel. My expenditure is limited and provided by my well-wishers.”

“For me, contesting polls is a pastime. I am contesting elections for the last time. I am already 83. I am quitting poll battle because of failing health”, he concluded.