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Abhinandan to fight LS polls against Narendra Modi-Rajnath Singh from LKO-Varanasi



Narendra Modi, Rajnath Singh, Abhinandan Pathak, Lok Sabha polls, Lok Sabha elections, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

Lucknow: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh now have an unusual candidate pitted against them: Abhinandan Pathak, a lookalike of Modi, who is contesting form Lucknow and Varanasi as an independent candidate.

Pathak, 51, had campaigned for Modi in Varanasi and became a celebrity overnight with his strong resemblance to the Prime Minister.

“When Modi became Prime Minister, I gained recognition and respect. My resemblance with him was my biggest asset and the common people would offer me tea and request for a photograph with me. After demonetization, things began to change and as disillusionment set in, I became a victim of the people’s anger.
There have been incidents where I have been beaten up only because I resemble Modi,” he said.


Narendra Modi, Rajnath Singh, Abhinandan Pathak, Lok Sabha polls, Lok Sabha elections, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh


Pathak switched his loyalty to the Congress and campaigned for the party in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.

“I am upset with the Congress because the party did not give me a ticket in these elections. However, I still support Rahul Gandhi and his policies,” he said.

Abhinandan Pathak has been living in Lucknow for five year and works as a priest to earn a living.


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He said he was contesting elections to develop his own identity. “I am fed up of living in someone else’s shadow. The main issues of my campaign will be the need for ‘roti, kapda aur makaan'”, he said.

Pathak is a native of Saharanpur and has collected the security money for nomination through crowd funding. “I am asking for one rupee and one vote from the people and the response has been encouraging,” he said.

In his affidavit filed with his nomination, Abhinandan Pathak says he has no immovable assets and only Rs 50,000 in his bank account. He has done his master’s from Allahabad University.


Narendra Modi, Rajnath Singh, Abhinandan Pathak, Lok Sabha polls, Lok Sabha elections, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh


All the ten proposers in his nomination papers are Muslims who are also his closet friends.

Pathak has contested four elections so far � twice for corporator in Saharanpur municipal elections, the 1999 polls and assembly elections from Saharanpur Nagar in 2012. He had also filed nomination in 2017 assembly elections in Varanasi, but his candidature was rejected. He has challenged the decision in court.

He is separated from his family that includes his wife and six children.



Smriti Irani will build a house in Amethi



Union minister Smriti Irani on Saturday did what Congress President Rahul Gandhi did not do in the past one-and-a-half decade. Irani announced on Saturday that she will construct her own house in Amethi and has already identified a plot in Gauriganj.

She said that Amethi would now be her permanent home and she would be accessible to the people.
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Rahul Gandhi had been representing Amethi in the Lok Sabha from 2004 to 2019 and his mother Sonia Gandhi had won the seat in 1999. The Gandhi family, however, never found a permanent abode in Amethi and chose to stay in guest houses during their visits.

Smriti Irani’s decision to build a house in her constituency is a clear indication that she intends to continue her relationship with Amethi in the coming years.

The minister also announced a slew of projects for her constituency on Saturday.

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