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Indian Elections
BJP's Narendra Modi Using Body Doubles on the Campaign Trail

Who says you can’t be in two places at once? The frontrunner in India’s ongoing national elections, the BJP’s Narendra Modi, has a busy schedule throughout the marathon election cycle, which is divided into nine phases and spread out over more than a month. He’s also contesting two parliamentary seats himself—one in his home state of Gujarat and another Varanasi, in Uttar Pradesh. It might be helpful, then, that he has several doppelgängers campaigning in his stead while he’s away. The BBC has the report:

Jitendra Vyas isn’t the only one. Both The Caravan and the Hindustan Times have done profiles of other Modi lookalikes on the campaign trail. For Vyas, campaigning provides seasonal employment; for others like Vikas Mahante, who lives in the suburbs of Mumbai, it provides a way to be part of “the cause.” And more politicians than just Modi use this technique. The BBC explains that there are firms that specialize in identifying and hiring politician and celebrity lookalikes for weddings, receptions, and, of course, elections. Welcome to democracy, Indian style.

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