India: Lookalike joins the Modi bandwagon

A suspiciously spitting image of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was spotted on the banks of the Ganges in Varanasi on Thursday. Wearing Modi's trademark beige-coloured kurta, a traditional Indian shirt, paired with a half-jacket and a hat to beat the heat, Abhinandan Pathak attracted plenty of attention from locals. The Modi lookalike is actually standing in the constituency in this month's... Еще elections. Once a big supporter and follower of Narendra Modi, Pathak defected from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) last year and joined the Congress, only to change his mind once again. Because of his close resemblance to the prime minister, Pathak is quickly gaining popularity and wants to use his profile to help Modi be «victorious with a big margin» because he believes, «on the world stage, Modiji has increased India's pride and respect.» Varanasi goes to the polls in the last phase of the Indian Lok Sabha elections on May 19.

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