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What Lokendra Singh Kalvi failed to gain as a politician, he has managed to achieve as the patron of Shri Rajput Karni Sena: mass support and fame (or notoriety for those at the receiving end of his extra-constitutional threats).
Son of Kalyan Singh Kalvi — he was Cabinet minister in Chandra Shekhar’s four-month Union government in 1990-91 — Lokendra Kalvi always nurtured political ambitions. The SRKS founder, over six-feet tall, is an imposing figure for his followers to whom his booming voice is their command.
Kalvi, 67, is self-professed farmer. He made several attempts at gaining political leadership, but that was not to be. He fought the 1993 assembly polls from Nagaur as an independent but lost. He tried his luck again in the 1998 Lok Sabha polls as the BJP candidate from Barmer-Jaisalmer but failed to win.
It was in 1999, when Jats were provided with reservation benefits, that Kalvi first began to mobilise the community in the name of quota. He, along with another Rajput, Devi Singh Bhati, and Suresh Mishra, who is now president of Sarva Brahmin Mahasabha, formed the Social Justice Front, which promoted reservation for the poor among the forward classes. Ahead of the 2003 assembly elections, this front went on to become Rajasthan Samajik Nyaya Manch, a political party, which fielded 60 candidates. However, only one — Devi Singh Bhati — won and the political party soon disintegrated with Bhati and Kalvi returning to BJP.