TRY and try until you succeed. But, Hasnuram Ambedkari is a perfect instance of try and try until you lose. In the last 38 years, the 75-year-old Ambedkari from Uttar Pradesh’s Agra has contested 93 elections. If that wasn’t enough, he has lost all of them. What’s surprising is that he is all set to contest for the 94th time during the Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2022.
A former revenue department clerk, Ambedkari filed his nomination as an independent candidate on January 14 for Agra’s Kheragarh Assembly seat.
Ambedkari first entered the electoral fray in the year 1985, when he quit his job as an ‘Amin’ in the district administration.
He claims that he was promised a ticket from the Fatehpur Sikri seat that year but the party refused to offer him the same and mocked him for his inability to win the seat.
“After that, I was determined to contest the election independently to send them a message. I contested my first election from Fatehpur Sikri for the state Assembly in the year 1985,” he said, adding with pride that he came “third”.
Ambedkari says that he has been contesting every election since then, despite knowing that he would lose and that too by a huge margin. For him, the determination to keep going will probably never die as he has his eyes set on contesting at least 100 elections during his lifetime, irrespective of the result.
Ambedkari said he meets people personally to appeal for votes, and even sends postcards to those living in distant areas.
As far as campaigning is concerned, Ambedkari spends his savings and gets support from his family. Ambedkari has five sons and is married to Shiva Devi.
Asked about his name, he said he is a follower of Chairman of the Constitution Drafting Committee BR Ambedkar, who was also India’s first law minister, and a Dalit icon.
Actively involved with the Backward and Minority Communities Employees’ Federation (BAMCEF) from 1977 to 1985, Ambedkari said he has contested elections for gram pradhan, state assembly, gram panchayat, MLC, and Lok Sabha, and once went to the extent of filing his nomination for the election to the President of India, but was rejected.