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16 times beaten, 17th time not shy: Mathura priest to contest again

He has lost eight Lok Sabha elections and as many assembly polls. But that does not deter Fakkar Ramayani to file his nomination as an Independent candidate for the 17th time. It is my ninth Lok Sabha election that I am contesting, Ramayani told PTI after filing his nomination papers on Tuesday for the Mathura constituency of Uttar Pradesh. Ramayani, the mahant (head priest) of Galteshwar temple in Mathura, has so far contested eight Lok Sabha and assembly polls each, with the first being the general election after withdrawal of the Emergency. The 73-year-old had lost his security deposit in the 2014 election, but he is not disappointed with his failures. I am sure that ultimately people would realise the cause I am fighting for. Like the previous elections, Ramayani said, he would contest on a two-point election manifesto -- ensuring construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya and making the Yamuna river pollution-free. After winning the election, the Independent candidate said, he


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