Dharmendra Pratap Singh, who claims to be India’s tallest man, has joined the Samajwadi party today. Mr Singh, hailing from Pratapgarh in Uttar Pradesh, is 2.4 m (8 ft 1 in) tall. He is only 11 cm away from the world record.
Samajwadi’s state president, Naresh Uttam Patel, announced Singh’s arrival in the party and said it would make the party stronger in the run-up to the upcoming parliamentary elections.
Dharmendra Pratap Singh of Pratapgarh expressed confidence in the policies of the Samajwadi Party and the leadership of Akhilesh Yadav and joined the Samajwadi Party today. State President Naresh Uttam Patel expressed the hope that the Samajwadi Party will be strengthened by his arrival,” Samajwadi spokesman Rajendra Chaudhary said in a statement.
Mr Singh says that although he had a lot of problems due to his height, he also attracts a lot of attention when he goes outside. In an interview, Mr Singh said that when people want to have their picture taken with him, he feels like a celebrity.
“I’m immensely popular and it’s all because of my height,” he said in an interview with The Telegraph.
The Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls will take place in seven phases between February 10 and March 7. The votes will be counted on March 10.
The state is expected to witness some high-profile debutants. Akhilesh Yadav announced today that he will be fighting from the Karhal seat in Mainpuri district, which is home to his family.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, a five-time Lok Sabha MP from Gorakhpur, will compete from one of the seats in the constituency.