Kaka Joginder Singh

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Kaka Joginder Singh (1918 in Gujranwala – December 23, 1998, in Bareilly) (also known as Dharti Pakad, meaning "one who clings") was a textile owner who contested and lost over 300 elections in India.[1][2] he is really a rare personality we have ever gone through.

Early life and career[edit]

He was born the 14th out of 16 children in Gujranwala (now in Pakistan) to Punjabi parents. He went to college and earned master's degrees in sociology and philosophy. Kaka earned his money through his family's textile mill in Bareilly. In elections, he always contested as an independent, and always lost.[1]

Thoughts on his campaigns[edit]

Kaka looked at the security deposit which he has always lost as his 'humble contribution' to the national fund, and said he never campaigned or used money to earn support. The campaign donations for 1991 were Rs. 2500 and after 1997, the security deposit was raised to Rs. 15000.[3]

His election promises included: repaying all foreign loans, more character building in schools, and bringing back the barter system as a panacea for the Indian economy.[1]

Earning of "Dharti Pakad"[edit]

His nomination papers were usually disregarded by the election commission and he earned the nickname Dharti Pakad (one who clings) after several unsuccessful runs for the President of India.[4] The most prolific year for him was during the 1992 10th Presidential elections where he earned fourth place in the polling with 1135 votes, losing to Shankar Dayal Sharma.[3] He also contested elections from 14 states of India in the 1990s,[1] mostly for state assemblies. In 1992 he contested against K.R. Narayanan for President and secured 1 vote.

Election efforts[edit]

  • He earned 451 votes (0.23%) in the Ludhiana poll for 1982[5]
  • He earned 1848 votes (0.33%) in the Ludhiana poll for 1985 [6]
  • He earned 46 votes in the 1991 New Delhi elections[7]
  • He was fourth in the polling for the Nandyal Lok Sabha election of 1991 with 1506 votes (.001%) [8]
  • He was fourth in the polling for president in 1991 [9]
  • He was eighth place in the polling for the Lucknow Lok Sabha elections of 1998, with 212 votes (0.02%)[10]


According to his family, Kaka was hospitalised after a paralysis attack on December 19, 1998. He died on December 23, 1998, from complications.[11] Earlier in the year, he tried to contest elections against BJP leaders L.K. Advani and Atal Behari Vajpayee.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e The Evergreen Candidate Rediff - February 4, 1998
  2. ^ Uncorking the mirth IndianTelevision - February 4, 2004
  3. ^ a b Capt Sahgal creates history The Tribune, Chandigarh - June 17, 2002
  4. ^ POLL-POURRI The Hindu - May 03, 2004
  5. ^ Ludhiana-82 Punjab Elections
  6. ^ Ludhiana-85 - Punjab Elections
  7. ^ 1.New Delhi(NATIONAL CAPITAL TERRITORY OF DELHI) 1991 Election Commission of India
  8. ^ Biographical Sketch Member of Parliament XI Lok Sabha - IndiaPress
  9. ^ BACKGROUNDER - NIC Archives
  10. ^ Results:Uttar Pradesh - Govt of India Press Bureau
  11. ^ Dhartipakar dead TribuneIndia - December 24, 1998