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While the Election Commission has barred chief minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath from campaigning over his communal calls, his absence could hardly be felt at Home Minister Rajnath Singh's roadshow following his nomination for the Lucknow Lok Sabha seat.
Found amid the grand BJP roadshow in the state capital, the saffron-clad doppelgänger of Yogi Adityanath claimed to have 'taken the get-up ever since Yogi became the chief minister.'
While the real Yogi Adityanath did not stand up, his look-like managed to fill his space, garbed as him, among the party leaders throughout the roadshow.
From communal pitches to coalition tears and now political duplicates, this election season has seen multi-facet campaigns, in the race up to the second phase of Lok Sabha elections on Thursday.
A day ago, on Monday the Election Commission called out Yogi Adityanath for polarising his speech, thus imposing a campaigning ban of 72-hour on the chief minister starting Tuesday 6 am.
"The Commission is convinced that she had made a highly provocative speech which has the tone and tenor to aggravate existing difference or create mutual hatred between religious communities, thus violative of Model Code of Conduct. It strongly condemns the impugned statements made by her during her election campaign in Deoband. The Commission under Article 324 of the Constitution bars her from holding any public meetings, public processions, rallies, road shows and interviews, public utterances in media in connection with ongoing elections for 48 hours from 6:00 am on April 16," the EC letter read.
Along with him, the Election Commission came down on Union Minister Maneka Gandhi and BSP supremo Mayawati over their polarising speeches, and on SP senior leader Azam Khan over his lewd 'Khaki-undergarment' remark over BJP's Jaya Prada on Monday.
Seeking a second term from his constituency, Union Minister Rajnath Singh filed his nomination in Lucknow on Tuesday and was accompanied by deputy chief minister Dinesh Sharma and Keshav Maurya, state party president Mahendra Pandey and former Union Minister Kalraj Misra.
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