CoN­Gress used Pm looKA­liKe iN BAs­tAr

The Sunday Guardian - - Nation -

The Con­gress is us­ing a Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi looka­like in Maoist-af­fected Bas­tar re­gion for its elec­tion cam­paign. Meet Abhinandan Pathak, who dresses and speaks like PM Modi. He starts his speech with the PM’s typ­i­cal style, “Mitron” and tells peo­ple that in BJP rule “achche din nahin ayenge”. Pathak joined the Con­gress last month in the pres­ence of Raj Bab­bar. He was ear­lier with the BJP-led NDA con­stituent Repub­li­can Party of In­dia (Athawale) as its state vice-pres­i­dent for Ut­tar Pradesh. Be­fore that he used to cam­paign for the saf­fron party and its al­lies. Dur­ing the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, many Modi looka­likes, in­clud­ing Pathak, had sur­faced across the coun­try to cam­paign for BJP. Pathak is now ac­tively cam­paign­ing for Con­gress. He is at­tract­ing a good crowd ev­ery­where. “Since I look like Modiji, peo­ple al­ways asked me where are the ‘ac­che din’ (good days), as promised by the PM ahead of the 2014 gen­eral polls. Hurt by see­ing prob­lems of the com­mon man, I left the BJP ally to join Con­gress,” Pathak says. Of course, a lo­cal BJP leader says that “There is only one Modi and there can­not be an­other. Peo­ple can dif­fer­en­ti­ate be­tween the orig­i­nal and the fake.”

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