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The Oddballs

A large number of candidates—85 per cent in 2009—lose their deposits. So what’s the attraction to contest?

A large number of candidates—85 per cent in 2009—lose their deposits. It’s a measure meant to discourage non-serious candidates, for you stand to lose Rs 25,000 for general seats and half of that in reserved ones. Yet the numbers of those who take the plunge are going up. So what’s the attraction, frustration with established parties or momentary fame?

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