Despite having faced defeat in 17 elections, 59-year-old real estate professional Parmanand Tolani, labelled as “Dharti Pakad of Indore”, filed his nomination papers to contest for Lok Sabha Election 2019 on Monday. His determination never deters and he is confident about winning the election this time.
In either case, whether he wins or not, he will continue to contest in every election with hope. That’s not it, he said, “My father contested in every election for over 30 years before me and my daughters shall follow the legacy and contest the elections after I retire.”
Tolani is the son of retired professional Metharam, who had also contested in elections with hope to win for 30 years. “I have contested 8 Lok Sabha elections, 8 assembly elections and once for Mayor’s position in local body election, i.e. total 17 elections till date,” he said. Despite having faced so many defeats, he is sure to win and claims to have highest chances after Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.
“I started contesting in elections with Tai and now that she is out of the picture, I will definitely win,” Tolani said. He had first nominated himself in Lok Sabha Election 1989, when Mahajan had also contested her first Lok Sabha Election. Tolani has also been labelled as ‘Dharti Pakad’ of Indore. To which, he said, “People call names for everyone whether it is P***u to Rahul Gandhi or Feku to Narendra Modi, so I am no different in that case.”
When asked about his position and chances of winning, Tolani confidently said, “I am the only candidate with a possibility of winning.” He noted the weakness that would cost Congress candidate Pankaj Sanghvi in his track record and lack of commitment. “Congress did not get a better candidate and had to settle for someone, who is sure to lose that is Sanghvi,” Tolani said.
When asked about BJP candidate Shankar Lalwani, he laughed and commented, “Lalwani does not even have support from Sindhi Samaj, and he has got nothing in his bag to win.” Tolani claimed to have all the Sindhi Samaj votes in his bag. He also noted that lack of experience with Lalwani might cost the party and it is not possible to win on Modi’s wing alone.