At 8 feet and 1 inch, Dharmendra Pratap Singh from Uttar Pradesh's Pratapgarh has always stood out, dwarfing others around him and leaving them awestruck, reports PTI.
Now, the former event manager, who claims to be the tallest man in India, is making his political debut with the Samajwadi Party and hopes to help it come out on the top in the coming state assembly polls.
"I will work to take the party to greater heights and dwarf the stature of my opponents," Singh told PTI on Sunday. "The stature of the rival political parties has already been reduced as a number of their leaders have joined the BJP."
"Whatever duties are assigned to me by the party, I will discharge them to the best of my ability. If the party asks me to campaign for Akhilesh bhaiya (SP President Akhilesh Yadav), then I will go to Karhal and seek votes for him," he said.
Asked if he will contes the assembly polls, Singh said it is for Akhilesh to decide. If the party gives him a ticket, he said he would prefer to contest from the Pratapgarh assembly constituency.
Singh said he requires double the amount of fabric as compared to a normal person to get a kurta-pyjama stitched. "For a kurta, I need 4.5 to 5 metres of fabric. For a pyjama, I require around 4 metres of fabric," he said.
In a Facebook post, SP Chief Spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary said, ;We hope that with Dharmendra Pratap Singh (46), the tallest man of India joining the party, the SP will get strengthened.'
Please click on the image below for a better look at Akhilesh with the tallest man in India.
IMAGE: Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav welcomes Dharmendra Pratap Singh, India's tallest man, into his party.
Photograph: PTI Photo