Amidst the nominations for upcoming Presidential elections, Anand Singh Kushwaha, a ‘chaiwallah’ and a veteran of 20 electoral defeats, has filed papers for the fourth time for the upcoming presidential polls.
The 49-year-old lives in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, who remembers every election he has fought since 1994.
“I am in touch with MPs and MLAs of Uttar Pradesh. I couldn’t get enough votes in the past, however, this time I have been assured that I’ll get support,” Kushwaha said in a report to TOI.
To contest for the head of the state, a support of 50 eligible voters and 50 backers is a minimum required. Interestingly, Kushwaha manages to fund his elections by saving a small amount every day, with which he deposits the security money. Previously in 2013 MP Assembly elections, he got 376 votes.
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“I want to make it to the list of successful candidates at least once,” he said.
To afford the cost of campaigning, Kushwaha rides a bicycle and his wife runs the tea stall. According to his affidavit for the 2014 LS elections, he had Rs 5,000 in cash and immovable assets worth Rs 10,000